Air Conditioning Tuneups Key to $1 Million Gas and Electric Savings in 2009

Gas and electric bills for thousands of North Texans are getting their come-uppance, thanks to Berkeys Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. The company has blown past the half-way point on its way to completing 10,000 heating and air conditioning tune-ups.

Southlake, Tex. (PRWEB) – July 30, 2009 – Berkeys Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning is on a record pace to complete more than 10,000 heating and air conditioning equipment tune-ups that will save its customers more than $1 million in gas and electric bills this year.

Jamie Wooldridge, Berkeys president, said demand for service has been strong all year, but the extreme heat in July has all but assured the company will better its previous performance.

“In this recessionary economy, people are looking for ways to save money, and they know a small investment in their heating and air conditioning equipment will pay big dividends in reduced gas and electric bills,” Wooldridge said.

The $1 million savings figure is conservative, as it represents $100 in annual savings for every tune-up. But heating and air conditioning equipment tune-ups produce efficiency gains of up to 30 percent, while combined gas and electric bills in many North Texas homes average more than $300 per month. At that rate, homeowners could approach $100 savings every month.

In steamy Texas weather, central air conditioning tune-ups are vital to efficient performance and extended equipment life. Berkeys technicians perform a nine-point inspection of all inside and outside components to set equipment to factory specifications.

“It takes about 45 minutes to do a good tune-up, and we do that an average of 38 times per day year-around,” Wooldridge said. “Heater tune-ups in cool weather are just as important as air conditioning tune-ups. Not only do they save money, we check for carbon monoxide and other potentially harmful gasses.”

The average home heating and central air conditioning equipment runs about 3,300 hours per year. That’s the equivalent of driving a car 65 miles per hour for 214,000 miles. Few vehicles would get that far without a tune-up. Also, the savings in gasoline costs for auto tune-ups usually are not nearly as great as the savings on gas and electric bills that heating and air conditioning tune-ups generate.

Financially speaking, air conditioning and heater tune-ups are a bargain, often returning the full cost as reduced gas and electric bills within a few weeks. Wooldridge said Berkeys sweetens the pot by offering a service contract that covers all heating and air conditioning equipment in a home (their average customer has 3.2 units) for one flat price that is barely more than the cost of a single tune-up for one system.

As a bonus, Berkeys includes a plumbing “tune-up” as well. “Our customers have come to expect real value and outstanding service from Berkeys,” Wooldridge said.

About Berkeys

Berkeys Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning has specialized in the needs of homeowners in Southlake, Grapevine, Colleyville and Flower Mound for more than 34 years. Berkeys reputation for prompt, honest service from licensed and factory trained technicians assures customers the best in professional service and equipment. Texas State License #TACLB26791E. To learn more, call Berkeys at 1-877-BERKEYS, or visit our Website at