Is my AC raising the utility bill?

The fear of high utility bills is something that most homeowners face when summer heat waves roll in. Running your air conditioner unit could account for forty-three percent of your total energy bill. Often times people wonder if their air conditioner unit is raising the utility bill, and though it does cost money to run any electrical system in your home it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Follow these tips to reduce your utility bill this summer:

  • Block The Sun:

    Most of the heat that accumulates in our home comes directly from the sun shining through our windows or onto the roof. To help combat the penetration of the sun’s heat plant broad, heavy leaved trees and bushes around your home. Did you know that you could boost your air conditioner units efficiency by ten percent when you shade it with trees or shrubs?

    Tip: Remember to check your unit to make sure that no leaves are blocking the airway and that there is at least a two foot clearing between your AC unit and any plants.

  • Windows:

    Invest in skylight blinds and window shades to block the sun from penetrating your glass. Solar screens are mesh like window screens that are able to intercept up to seventy percent of solar energy before it even has a chance to enter your home. Window films on the other end are transparent, metalized sheets that reflects heat before it can disseminate through the glass.

    Tip: Remember to keep windows closed while the AC is running.

  • Thermostat:

    Utilize your programmable thermostat or manually increase the temperature to a warmer degree at night and while you are away from home. Doing this can help you save anywhere between five to fifteen percent on your utility bills.

  • Fans:

    Turn the fans on high to help circulate the air inside your home. This will help improve your air conditioner’s efficiency. Making sure that your fan is blowing the air downwards will send the air past your body, thus removing all that hot air that is surrounding your body.

    Tip: Turn your fan on low during days when it is humid. The slower that the air moves through your AC system the more moisture it is able to remove.

  • Vents:

    This is something that can easily be forgotten but it’s important to remember to the vents in rooms that are not being used. This will save energy and money!

  • Keep Up With AC maintenance:

    Keep filters clean: Obstructed filters that are covered in dust, particles, or foreign objects restricts airflow, thus making your air conditioner work harder and decrease efficiency.

    Lubricate moving parts: If there is any friction in your AC unit’s motor it will increase the amount of electricity that needs to be used. Increase your air conditioner’s efficiency by keeping your system well lubricated.

    Clean the evaporator and condenser AC coils: Having dirty coils reduces your air conditioner systems ability to cool the home, forcing it to run longer. All of this drastically increases your energy cost and will reduce the overall life of your AC system.

    Refrigerant level: Check to make sure that your refrigerant is at the correct level and adjust accordingly. Having too much or too little leads to a decline in efficiency, increases utility costs, and reduces the life of your AC unit.

    Adjust and clean your AC’s blower components: Any airflow issues within your air conditioner system can reduce your unit’s efficiency by fifteen percent.