If you’ve recently come to dread the arrival of your electric bill, and are lamenting your loved one’s gratuitous light use, you’re likely pointing blame at the wrong culprit. Heating and cooling units are the largest consumer of energy in your home and are more than likely the reason you’re rapidly consuming kilowatts. How can you reduce your energy bill and get things back on the right track?
Top Reasons Your Heating & Air Conditioning Bill is Too High & How to Reduce Costs
Leaky ductwork can increase your monthly bill. Insulation surrounding leaky ductwork in basements, crawlspaces, and attics could look dirty. When the system is running, leaks may also be heard or felt. All that conditioned air is not getting where it is supposed to go, reducing system performance. Duct leaks can also impact indoor air quality, grabbing contaminants from these spaces that can clog filters, pollute the air, and damage system components. Fixing these leaks is not for amateurs, however. It’s easy to fall between attic beams and damage ductwork components, causing costlier repairs. Leave leaks to a pro with the right skills and tools for your unique ductwork configuration to ensure lasting repairs.
Routine maintenance prolongs system life and impact performance. Clogged air filters, improper coolant levels, and worn components can all make your system work harder than necessary, inflating energy bills. Annual maintenance in the spring and the fall, before weather extremes, ensures peak performance and stable bills.
Inefficient HVAC system
The average lifespan of a heater is 12-20 years; 10 years for an air conditioner. While a new system may seem like a tough pill to swallow, it won’t take long to pay one off if you reinvest your inflated energy bill funds into a replacement. New systems offer efficiency levels of 96% or more, delivering savings up to 35% on your monthly energy bills. Tax and utility incentives may also be available to reduce costs.
Our air conditioning service and maintenance professionals know thermostat malfunction is a frequent cause of system issues. If your thermostat never seems to reflect the temperature reality in your home, there’s ample opportunity for energy savings with an upgrade to a smart thermostat. For as little as $90, you could save up to 20-35% annually.
Learn more about smart thermostats and leading thermostat brands.
Insufficient or damaged insulation
Hot and cold spots and wet, worn, or pest-infested insulation is not effective, allowing conditioned air to escape. If your system’s running nonstop, upgrading or replacing your insulation is a wise investment.
Active air leakage
Drafts around windows, doors, plumbing, and outlets waste your energy dollars. These are easily addressed with inexpensive caulking and weather stripping.