Why is My AC Bill So High?
Most aspects of summer are wonderful; longer days, warmer nights, barbeque, and the chirp of crickets to just name a few. But there are a few things about summer that are not so great: we’re talking about mosquitoes, triple digit weather, and higher than normal AC bills. While the first two are mostly unavoidable, there are some reasons why your AC bill is so high and what you can do to keep it down. If you ever find yourself wondering, “why is my AC bill so high,” this post is for you.
Dirty Air Filter
Sometimes the most obvious problem is the easiest to overlook. A dirty air filter can lead to an incredibly inefficient HVAC system. All the air that flows through your home is first sent though an air filter. This filter picks up air debris that can gum up your system. Over time, the air filter can get so dirty that it actually impedes air flow. This restricted air flow causes your HVAC system to work harder just to produce the same amount of treated air you’re used to. Sometimes, just replacing your air filter can make a difference to your utility bill.
When was the last time you had your ductwork inspected? If you can’t answer that question, it’s time to have someone out to take a look at it. All the air that comes through your vents gets there via your ductwork. If your ducts have holes or cracks, it could lead to higher utility bills? But why, you may ask? It’s because your HVAC system has to work harder to keep your home cool. Cracks and openings in the ductwork mean the cold air from your system is escaping in your attic rather than into your home. Also forcing your HVAC system to work harder to produce the same amount of cold air expected.
Little to No Maintenance
If you can’t remember the last time you had a certified HVAC technician come out to take a look at your system, that could be another reason why your AC bill is so high. When you schedule routine HVAC service with a Bell Brothers technician, you’re welcoming someone into your home who will inspect your AC from top to bottom. They ensure every part of your system is in tip top shape, top off any refrigerant or coolant, and check your air filter. An ounce of yearly maintenance to your AC unit can prevent a pound of cure, and a heft AC bill.
Tips to Keep your AC Bill Low
If you’re still worried about your AC bill, there are a few things you can do to keep your energy bill lower than normal. Most of these things are easy to do and beneficial to your home.
- Draw the Curtains – During the day, keep your curtains shut. This will help seal your home from the hot, hot sun and help your HVAC system keep everything cool with less energy.
- Keep Away from the Stove – Summer is a great time to embrace things like barbeque, crock pots, air fryers, and instant pots. Your stove is a huge heat source. Cooking things on a burner or in the oven can dramatically increase the temperature of your kitchen and surrounding rooms. Try to cook outside, or use a kitchen device that won’t make the kitchen hot.
- Invest in a Programmable Thermostat – One of the best things you can do for your home is invest in a programmable thermostat. Work away from home? Set the thermostat a few degrees warmer to give your HVAC a rest while you’re out.
- Shut off the AC During the Night – Open the windows at night and get some fresh air! Using the cooler air after dark will help keep your home air fresh and help save on your cooling bill.
Want to Really Keep Your AC Bill Low? Call Bell Brothers
We are ready to help keep your summer utility bills down. Simply call the number at the top of the screen or click here to book an appointment online. Our friendly call center representatives are here and ready to help. Bell Brothers is more than an HVAC company. We also offer expert plumbing, window replacement, water heater, and home insulation services. All our technicians have a wide range of skills, are knowledgeable of the home service industry, and practice exceptional customer service.