When summer rolls into the Triangle Area, people expect to see their electric bills start to rise. Air conditioners can be pretty greedy about using electricity: the compressor that’s at the core of how a cooling system works draws a large amount of amps as it runs. High electric bills are simply part of life during the summer.
But there’s a difference between higher electrical bills—and bills that are absurdly high. If you’ve noticed you’re paying much more to run your air conditioner this summer, and you don’t believe it’s because you’re using it more or the days are hotter, then this post is for you. We’ve put together four reasons your cooling costs might be higher and what you can do about it.
In many cases, our expert team can assist, handling the air conditioning repairs in Rolesville, NC that can keep your bills down. When in doubt, get in touch with us and we’ll help you with your those high cooling costs.
#1 – Leaky air ducts
This is a common cause for a rise in cooling bills. The ductwork in your house may develop holes and gaps over time because of high air pressure, humidity leading to corrosion, insects and other vermin, or poor original ventilation system installation. Leaks in the ducts can create a loss of up to 30% of the air inside the HVAC system, which means almost a third of the air you’ve already paid to cool goes to waste. Call our technicians to test your ducts and see if you need duct sealing services.
#2 – The HVAC air filter needs to be changed
One of the basic maintenance tasks you must attend to over the summer is to regularly change the HVAC air filter. If left for a month or more (depending on the type of filter), the filter will clog up with dust, dander, and lint. This forces the blower fan to work harder, drawing on more electricity than normal. Get into the habit of changing the filter ever 1 to 3 months.
#3 – There are blocked air vents in the house
Take a tour of the rooms in your home to see that the vents are clear. They may have become accidentally blocked because of moved furniture or someone closing the louvers over the vent. Blocked vents raise pressure inside the ventilation system, putting pressure on the fan—and leading to more energy expenditure.
#4 – An over-the-hill air conditioner
The trouble may be that you have an air conditioning system that’s too old to run efficiently any more. Repairs may improve it, but if the system is older than 15 years, it won’t be able to recover its original efficiency. The best step is to have the air conditioner replaced; our technicians can help you find a new system that will work at higher efficiency than your current one ever did.
Look to Comfort Master Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. to Help Keep Your Cooling System in Energy-Saving Shape This Summer!