The last thing you want to see when you open your latest electricity bill is that the balance due is more than the last month. Unfortunately, odds are you’ve been spending more time indoors than ever, which means you’ll be counting on your AC all day long this summer.
Is it possible to use more AC without increasing your energy bills? Yes! Here are a few of the reasons why your air conditioning might not be working properly, as well as a couple of ways homeowners in Harrisonburg, Linville, or Elkton can lower their home’s energy bills without changes to the cooling system.
1. Your AC is Incorrectly Sized, Installed, or is Broken
If your air conditioning wasn’t installed correctly or sized properly, it’s possible that it’s always been running inefficiently. Did you know that it’s not only possible for an AC to be too small for a home, but also too large? If your AC is too big for your home, it’s likely short cycling—running for short periods of time, over and over—which puts unnecessary wear and tear on your system while struggling to keep your entire house cool.
Is your air conditioner blowing hot air, or making a weird sound? You could need AC repair! Whether it’s a bigger issue or a small fix, Excel can help improve the operation and efficiency of your cooling system, which will not only lead to higher comfort levels, but less energy costs as well.
2. Your AC is Old and Needs to Be Replaced
Nothing lasts forever, and your AC is no exception. How can you tell when your air conditioner needs to be replaced? If your cooling system is more than 10 years old, odds are that it’s going to be running inefficiently even in the best circumstances.
Plus, an AC that old is going to be a better candidate for AC replacement instead of repair when something breaks—at a certain point, you don’t want to be continuing to spend money on a cooling system that’s giving you diminishing returns on your investment and higher maintenance costs.
A new central air conditioning unit from Excel will be expertly sized and installed, and today’s models are significantly more efficient than older ACs, leading to:
Less electricity usage
Lower energy bills
Whole home comfort
3. Help Give Your AC a Break with These Small Home Upgrades
Even if your AC is in good shape, it doesn’t hurt to help give it a helping hand. Grilling instead of cooking with your stove or oven, switching from incandescent to CFL light bulbs, and remember to open the windows in your house when it gets cool overnight can all play a role in reducing the causes of a hot home. Here are a few more:
Shutting the curtains (especially if you have blackout curtains) and/or the blinds in windows getting direct sunlight can help keep your indoors cooler.
Programmable thermostats help ensure you only use your AC when you need it, turning it down when you’re asleep or out of the house.
Ceiling fans can help keep you comfortable by moving air over your skin. Ceiling fans don’t actually lower the temperature in a room, but they can make you feel much comfier in it, and you’ll need to run your AC less as a result.
Excel Will Help Keep You Cool All Summer Long
Get your cooling costs under control this summer. Whether you need air conditioning service, replacement, or even just a seasonal maintenance tune-up, you can count on Excel’s HVAC experts to get the job done right, leaving you with efficient, affordable comfort in your home.
We know that comfort and a well-functioning AC is just one way that you and your family will be looking to stay safe and healthy this year. Read more about the additional health and safety precautions Excel is taking during service calls, and give our crew a call if you have any additional questions.