Energy Bills Too High?
Is your Air Conditioning Bill Out of Control?
Receiving insanely high electricity bills lately? Statistics from the US Department of Energy show that air conditioning and heating make up about 43% of utility bills. That is an average of $375 on your electricity bill due to the use of an air conditioning unit. You cannot, however, do without an AC especially during summer when the temperatures are very high. Lowering your AC power consumption is an achievable goal if you know what contributes to the huge costs. Here are a few possible reasons why your electricity bill keeps on soaring.
The Thermostat Switch is Always On
Turning your air conditioner’s thermostat switch on is costly. Always ensure that the switch is off. You can invest in a programmable thermostat as an alternative which allows you to set the temperature to higher degrees whenever you are not at home and lower degrees whenever you are home. This will help to cut down on your electricity bill. Experts say that using a programmable thermostat coupled with energy savings can save you up to $150 off your utility bills annually.
The AC Unit is Very Old
Running an old air conditioning unit can be quite costly. This is because its efficiency reduces over time. The best thing to do would be to replace the aged unit. Although replacing it may seem to be a hefty investment, it will considerably lower your utility bills due to a more energy-efficient operation. You can manage the ridiculously high power consumption of your air conditioning system by taking into account the numerous factors discussed above and take the necessary actions. This will result in huge savings which invariably translates into lower utility bills.
An Inefficient Air Conditioning System
Have you been postponing the routine maintenance of your air conditioning system? This may be the reason why you are paying huge utility bills since the unit is running inefficiently due to a lack of well-needed servicing. When you do not service your air conditioner regularly, the overall performance of the unit is affected and your utility bills will be higher than normal. Routine maintenance is also important when it comes to dealing with issues that need fixing at an early stage. Waiting until it is too late will mean greater expenses for you. Get an expert to diagnose and fix any inefficiencies your air conditioning system may have.
Faulty Heating & Cooling Ducts
Consider checking the ducts for torn insulation, partial blockages, disconnects, and holes. When there is a fault in the ducts, warm or cool air does not move to the rooms in your home as efficiently as it should no matter how well your air conditioner or heating system may be working. This means that you are actually paying for air that is escaping, air that you never actually feel inside your home. To ensure the efficiency of your duct work have an Energy-Star Services technician inspect the ducts and make any repairs that are necessary. In most cases, an Energy-Star Services specialist will check the duct work and make any adjustments or repairs to ensure optimal performance while saving on energy.