Your homes central air conditioning system can provide plenty of reasons why your energy bill be may be high. In every Florida home, the biggest and most common cause of high energy expenses is the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system. Living in Florida, it is almost like we are asking for high electricity payments if our home air conditioning system is the root of all out energy bills. Since we use it all the time, it almost feels impossible that we would be able to somehow lower our energy bill, but that is simply not the case.
There are plenty of ways to lower your electric bill by making certain adjustments, repairs, or tweaks to your air conditioner that will make it operate with maximum energy efficiency. This is what we be covering today in this Professional AC and Heating blog post. We are going to outline some reasons why your energy bill may be high – and climbing – because of your central air conditioner.
Reason #1: Bad Installation
If your unit is relatively new, and you were told that by having a new system your energy bills would be lower but you haven’t seen a reduction in your bill, then it is possible your new Ac unit was not installed properly. Maybe the company you went installed a higher power unit than the size of your home needed, and it is drawing unnecessary power. If you want to find out how to determine the right size unit for your home read this central air conditioner guide.
Reason #2: Dirty Air Filter
Here is simple solution: check your air filter. Most Orlando homeowners go months without replacing or even checking their air filters. After all, these are the devices that cleanse your homes air in the most basic way possible, and they deserve to be regularly checked to make sure that they are not clogged or extremely dirty. Air filters should be replaced at least once every three months!
Reason #2: Old Air Conditioner
This is probably the most common reasons why your energy bill may be high. Having an old AC unit can be costly, as when it was installed it probably did not function at the same energy efficiency standards that most modern air conditioners do. This means that it is probably drawing more power than a new air conditioner would.
Reason #3: Not Enough Refrigerant
Central air conditioners us what is known as refrigerant, technically known as r-22 Freon. Refrigerant is what transfers heat and removes it from the home, and creates the coolness in your air conditioner (also known as coolant). Over time, an air conditioners lines that the Freon runs though can become worn and start leaking. Therefore your unit is not receiving the correct amount of coolant that it needs to operate at an energy efficient level.
Reason #4: Duct Is Leaking
Air ducts being tight and secure is an essential factor in how well you air conditioner can distribute air as evenly as possible throughout your home. If you air ducts have even just the smallest leak, your air conditioner is forced to pull more energy to reach the temperature that is set on the thermostat. Nicely sealed duct work makes all the difference. Air from the outside condenser unit is able to be transported evenly and efficiently through the cooling system, air ducts, and vents because of the proper airflow properly sealed air ducts provide.
What You Can Do
As you can see, there are a few different reasons why you may be seeing higher expenses when it comes to your homes energy. Since your air conditioner is the most costly appliance installed into your home, it is always a good idea to get routine maintenance performed on your unit. By keeping it tuned up you will likely pay less over time, that means you are using less energy too. It is a good environmental choice just a much as a financial choice, so it’s a win win!
$59 Preventative Maintenance
One of our most requested services is our $59.95 preventative maintenance special! This unique service includes a full 24-point inspection of any central air conditioning system, and is designed to optimize your air conditioners energy efficiency and reduce you monthly energy bill.