In the summer, we expect our bills to take a hike. Spring was a nice reprieve from the higher bills of winter, but summer is when many of us run the air conditioner at full force and try to stay comfortable on the hottest, most humid of days. Your bills should go up somewhat, but if your electric bills seem out of control in the summer, there may be a reason within your control.
Check out some of the reasons central air conditioners end up using more energy than they should, and learn what you can do to get bills under control, in the guide below. Call our friendly team for more information!
It’s Controlling Humidity
One of the reasons your air conditioner may be using too much energy is because you’re using it primarily as a dehumidifier. While an air conditioner can dehumidify, it uses a lot of energy to do so.
Controlling the amount of moisture in the air can help you feel comfortable enough to stop running the AC entirely, in some cases, and a dehumidifier uses a lot less energy than a central AC. A whole-house dehumidifier can lower humidity levels to keep you a little more comfortable so you can perhaps raise the temperature on the thermostat and save some money.
Your Ducts Are Leaking
Another potential reason your bills are so high is that your home’s air ducts may be leaking. In fact, it’s probable. Most ventilation systems have some level of leakage, which means you’re paying to cool spaces between the walls and unoccupied areas of the home! Trust professionals to seal, repair, or replace your ducts.
The System Needs Maintenance
It may be that your air conditioning system needs maintenance. Some people believe that their air conditioner doesn’t need service very often, and likely not until it breaks down, but this is a mistake. Air conditioner maintenance helps to lower your bills and prevent a breakdown from occurring in the first place.
You Need a New System
Unfortunately, no system will last forever, even with regular tune-ups. Eventually, your air conditioner will need replacement, and this is likely the case if yours is over 10-15 years old and experiencing issues with performance and efficiency.
However, you might need one even sooner. This is often true for systems that were not properly sized for the home. An air conditioner that is undersized or oversized can use up a lot of energy, and the only way to truly resolve the problem is to replace it.
The Thermostat Isn’t a Good Fit for You
Of course, it might just be that you’re not using the thermostat efficiently, or that your thermostat is not the right fit for your lifestyle. If you think that you have to set the thermostat down to 72°F just to stay cool, you’re wasting energy. Most people are perfectly comfortable at temperatures of 77° or 78°. Turning the temperature down too low won’t cool the home faster and will only waste energy.
In addition, you should raise the temperature by about 5-10° when you are away or asleep. If you have trouble remembering to do this and often leave the thermostat on, you might benefit from a better programmable model or a smart thermostat. Smart Wi-Fi thermostats allow you to adjust the temperature even while you are at work or on vacation, right from your smart phone!
VOGT Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing offers complete air conditioning services in Plymouth, MN. Call our friendly technicians for exceptional customer service!