Why Your AC System is Using More Energy Than Needed

Once you program your thermostat for the cooling season in Atlantic Beach, FL, you should get consistent performance from your air conditioner. Your energy bill will go up, but the increase shouldn’t alarm you. Here are a few reasons your AC system is using more energy than needed to cool your house and wasting your money:

Obstructions to Air Circulation

Without good air circulation, your AC system will struggle to blow a consistent amount of air. To keep up the steady supply of cool air, the motor will use more energy, which gets reflected in your monthly bill.

In extreme cases, the AC system may overheat and break down. Make sure to change the filter every 30-90 days and keep the supply vents clear of obstructions.

Dirty Coils or Low Refrigerant

Your air conditioner may also use more energy because something is preventing your home from actually getting cool. A dirty evaporator coil won’t absorb heat from your indoor air, and a dirty condenser coil won’t release it outside. The results are lukewarm air and extremely long AC cycles.

You’ll experience the same results if your refrigerant line is leaking. Refrigerant is the chemical that absorbs heat, so without it, you don’t get cool air.

Leaking Air Ducts

Lastly, any cool air your AC system produces may quickly seep out through leaky, poorly sealed ducts. Fortunately, you can request air duct repairs to address this. You may also want to think about how much insulation is around your ducts: the more insulation, the greater the retention of cool air.

Call Cool R Us, Inc A/C & Heating for annual maintenance, which can pinpoint the issues that are compromising AC efficiency in Atlantic Beach. Established in 1999, our company has an A+ rating with the BBB and has received zero customer complaints.

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