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5 Money-Saving Tips for Your AC: An Interview with Brad Lessard of Lessard Air Conditioning & Heating, LLC

By Brad Lessard

Please tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Lessard Air Conditioning & Heating, LLC has been providing Connecticut residents and businesses with quality heating and air conditioning services for over 20 years. Our experience, integrity and dedication to quality have proved invaluable to our customers time and time again. We offer air conditioning service and installation, heating service and installation, ductless units, air duct cleaning, dryer vent cleaning and more.

What is something that most homeowners don't know about their air conditioning system and energy use that they should know?

Annual maintenance service of your air conditioning system extends the life of your unit and saves energy. Not performing annual maintenance will cause a steady decline in performance and a steady increase in energy use. For example, a dirty filter blocks normal air flow and puts more strain on the unit, reducing its efficiency.

Can you briefly explain what some of the most common AC mistakes are?

Skipping annual service and waiting too long to turn the unit on can cause more problems. Getting maintenance service at the beginning of the air conditioning season can save time and money ensuring your unit will run properly all summer long.

What are some of the basic steps to properly sizing, designing and installing air conditioning?

First measure all areas of the home that will be cooled. Measure windows and doors. Professionals will determine a heat gain/loss on the house to determine the appropriate size of equipment to maintain a 70 degree indoor temperature when outdoor temperatures are in the 90s.

Ideally, how often should an AC system be maintained, and what does that involve?

Maintenance service should be performed annually and includes checking unit operation, cleaning the motor, changing air filters, and checking the refrigerant charge and drain. Washing the outdoor unit also keeps the system working more efficiently.

What advice would you give to people in Connecticut who want to make their AC unit more energy efficient?

There are several high-efficiency options available. Besides annual maintenance, investing in a newer, high-efficiency system can save money. Several brands offer rebates and CL&P and United Illuminating often offer homeowner incentives for installing new units. Installing an attic fan to cut down on the cooling load of your AC system will also help save energy and money.

What's the best way for people to contact your company?

You can reach us at (860) 228-1579, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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