As much as most people can’t wait for summer to arrive, keeping cool during those months can be quite costly. If you have noticed that it costs you a lot of money to keep cool, here are some factors that may indicate the cause:
(1) Poor insulation – Proper insulation ensures that warm air does not escape from the home during cold seasons and prevents cool air from escaping during the hotter days. Ensure that your home is properly insulated. Cooling can be enhanced by adding curtains to block out direct sunlight.
(2) Worn out filters – Many people forget to replace their AC filters from time to time. This should be done regularly to prevent them from being clogged with pollen and other small particles. Clogged and dirty filters hinder proper air circulation and cause the AC unit to work harder to keep your home cool. Set reminders to ensure that you have your AC filter checked every month, replacing it as necessary. Record the date the filter was installed and add it to your maintenance schedule.
(3) Worn out duct work – This is quite common in older homes. The duct work in those days was insulated with a plastic wrap. Over time, the plastic wrap deteriorates, resulting in cool air leaking through openings in it. Hire a reliable HVAC contractor to check the duct work and fix any problems that may exist.
(4) Stale Air – This is another issue that commonly plagues homes. When the air within the home is stagnant, it tricks you into believing that inside is warmer than it actually is, causing you to turn the thermostat down to get cooler. In order to avoid this, consider using ceiling or box fans to circulate the air within the room.
(5) Cracks in caulking and weather stripping – Check your windows and doors. You may be surprised at the number of openings and cracks you find. These openings allow warmer air from outside to enter the home, making inside feel warmer that it should be. Fix this problem by using affordable caulking or weather-stripping to block those openings.
(6) No One at Home – Many people turn off the AC when they are not in the house to save on energy. However, this means that the house will get hot and it will take a while to bring the temperature back down when you return. Turn the thermostat down while you are out to keep your home cool.
(7) Irregular maintenance – Regular maintenance is vital for the efficient operation of your AC. It deals with issues like clogged filters, poorly insulated ducts, and broken or worn parts. Make sure that you put a regular maintenance plan in place.
If you are stumped on other reasons why your AC operating costs are so high, hire an energy auditor to assess your unit and house.