Helpful Tips to Lower Your Utility Bill
Sep 3, 2015
Is your utility bill higher than it should be? The answer may lie in one or more of these common culprits. From settings to general maintenance, there are several minor adjustments you can make to your air conditioning that will chisel down your utility costs while lengthening the lifespan of your cooling unit.
Leaving the “FAN” setting on for your AC Unit
We toggle the degrees on our thermostat fairly often, but are you paying attention to the other settings? Users often mistakenly leave the “fan” setting on, forcing the unit to push air through the blower non-stop. This doesn’t help your utility bill or the humidity factor inside your house.
Once you achieve an ideal temperature, there’s no need to keep the fan running continually to maintain it. The best thing to do is to set your thermostat to its “Cool” and “Auto” settings, allowing your air conditioning system to regulate the temperature on its own. The fan will kick in only when necessary, conserving energy and saving you money.
Your air conditioning filter is clogged
A clean air filter is your air conditioning unit’s best friend. When it gets dirty, it makes your system’s job much harder as it restricts the generated air flow and forces the unit to work overtime. Not only does this elevate your utility bill, but it also causes internal wear and tear that will eventually lead to major unit issues or air conditioning failure.
A best practice is to change your filter once every month during the summer season and no less than every three months.
This is a remarkably common issue, yet few people ever consider it. Your thermostat is part of your air conditioning system. It’s supposed to be calibrated with the thermometer for the system, but sometimes it falls out of sync. Thermostats have been found to fall between five and ten degrees off kilter, which can potentially double your utility bill! The best way to test your calibration is to rest an accurate thermometer on top of the thermostat to see if the temperatures match.
Many users believe that as long as an air conditioning is running fine, there’s no need to schedule an appointment for maintenance. This is a major misconception. Anything that runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is going to require regular upkeep to stay in good condition.
Units that are not properly maintained lose up to 5% of their efficiency, and run a much higher risk of major issues that could have been prevented with regular maintenance.
If you find you are having issues with your unit, or it’s been awhile since you’ve had it service, contact us to schedule an appointment. You can check out our special offers for air conditioning maintenance specials.