HVAC Hacks: Tips for Novices and New Homeowners

Do You Want To Avoid High Summer AC Bills? What To Do Now

If you are dreading using your air conditioning unit to battle the summer heat because your electrical bills go sky high, it's time to have a consultation with a heating and cooling professional in your area. You want to find out if there is something wrong with your unit, if there are ways you can lower your expenses, and if it's time to upgrade and replace the unit that you have. Here are some of the things to explore, and consider, when you are determining why your unit costs so much to run.

Are There Major Air Loss Areas?

Areas around the windows and door, or even around piping that goes in and out of the house can be a cause of air loss. This can also be a problem that you don't realize that you have. The heating and cooling experts may find that as your house has settled, it has caused gaps and openings around the house that let air in and out.

Caulking these areas, adding more insulation where it is needed can make a difference with both heating and cooling bills. Have the experts do a thermal test to see where your air loss is the biggest problem so you can fix it.

Is the Unit Outdated and Inefficient?

The average lifespan of an air conditioner is between 15-20 years. If your unit falls somewhere in this category of age, it may be time to update it. Not only will updating it prevent constant repairs and worry that it isn't going to work, but it will run more efficiently and help to lower the energy bills.

Units today are made with efficiency as the most important feature. Find out what this cost will be, what unit is the most efficient for your home, and if there is any type of tax rebate you can get when you invest the money in a new unit.

Can You Seal the Ducts?

Up to 30 percent of the air that you air conditioning is blowing into the home may be lost through your ventilation ducts. They can shift and move and have openings and gaps, so the air isn't transporting as needed around the house. This causes the unit to continually run. Talk with the experts about sealing your ducts, if you aren't ready to get rid of your air conditioning unit.

Don't fear the heat and high air conditioning bills. Work with an air conditioning repair service in your area to make your home more efficient, and to update your appliances as needed in the space.