Inefficient AC Units Cost You Money and Comfort
Every homeowner with an electrical bill has felt the struggle of keeping the house comfortable in the midst of rising temperatures as summer comes along. A hot, sweltering internal temperature can make it miserable to come home, but a bill that spikes by hundreds of dollars can wreck even more havoc on your family's livelihood. If you are already taking steps such as not setting the temperature to low and keeping doors and windows shut, but your AC is still running constantly, then you may have other issues lurking in your HVAC system.
Clean or Replace the Filter
Filter maintenance is one of the easiest, cheapest and effective ways to keep your AC functioning optimally. It's also neglected far more frequently than it should be. Inspecting the filter and replacing it should be your first stop if you notice the AC working overtime. Even if it looks clean, the filter needs to be replaced every other month to keep dust and bacteria out of the air. If you can't remember the last time that you replaced it, go ahead and switch it out while making a mark of the date on the filter's frame to avoid confusion later.
Clean the Fan and Check Air Speed
A faulty fan will cause your AC to run like a car lifted off the ground, wasting energy futilely. First clean the fan of any buildup that could be slowing it down, then assess the fan's air speed while listening for any clicks or odd sounds that could indicate a mechanical issue.
Check the Unit Size
Every AC unit outputs enough air to treat a certain amount of space, so a unit that is too small for your home will have to run more frequently to meet your cooling needs. A simple equation can tell you what size AC is needed for your interior, and some units may come with a suggested maximum volume.
Look for Leaks in the Ducts
Leaks in the ductwork provide an escape route for the chilled air, effectively increasing the amount of space your AC is attempting to cool and causing your energy bill to rise as a result.
Inspect Your Insulation
Lastly, a poorly insulated home will bleed heat much faster than the AC unit is designed to handle. Look for gaps or damage to the insulation, especially in the attic, and anywhere that seems particularly prone to matching the outside weather.
Don't Let Your AC Hike Your Electrical Bill
If this checklist didn't solve the problem of your AC unit continuously running or you'd just like someone to take another look, then it's time to call in specialists who can perform a thorough diagnostic on your HVAC system. Kimbro Air is available for 24-hour emergency inspections and repairs.