Air conditioning trumps most household appliances when it comes to energy consumption. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an air conditioner’s power consumption generally reaches 50% in most households. You can reduce your energy consumption and lower your monthly bills if you understand what contributes to this inflation.
Here are the reasons why your AC consumes so much energy:
Your A/C Unit Is Old
As your AC unit gets old, its efficiency is reduced year after year. The solution is to replace the aged unit with a new one. Buying a new unit can be a heavy investment, but it can save you from repeated unit repairs, costly maintenance, and high energy consumption. A new system can be more energy efficient, which will soon translate into reduced energy bills.
Not Replacing Your Air Filter
Debris might build up when your air filter is not replaced regularly. The accumulated dirt can obstruct the airflow throughout the ductwork, and this obstruction gives your unit a hard time to cool down your home. As a result, high energy consumption will take place due to increased run time. Homeowners are always advised to change their air filters as necessary as possible.
Faulty Unit Parts
Motors, compressor, and capacitors of your unit will cause your monthly bill to skyrocket. These failing parts make your system less efficient and less productive. For instance, when your condenser motor fails to produce optimum performance, it cannot remove the heat from your home. As a result, your electric bill will grow due to struggling running parts and over time might cause a total breakdown.
Not Getting a Regular Maintenance
Your unit can prevent potential breakdown and maintain its efficiency if it regularly receives professional maintenance. Signing up for annual maintenance will save your pocket from costly energy bills. Your AC technician will determine your unit’s condition and address the issues for better performance. If faulty parts need repair or replacement, you will know it earlier before your unit breaks down.
Improper Unit Installation
Your installer might have over-sized your AC unit, causing it to short cycle and rapidly kick on and off. This routine might cause an energy bill increase because your unit consumes too much energy when turned on. The missing parts, bad welding and brazing, the non-sealed connection of duct, and weak electrical connections are other problems with bad unit installation.
If you find a constant rise in your monthly energy consumption, do not hesitate to talk to the experts. Our professionals from McKenna Heat & Air can schedule routine maintenance and offer you suggestions to get your AC unit back into shape.