As summer approaches and temperatures begin to rise, it's important to ensure your air conditioning unit is in top shape to keep your home or business comfortable. While AC units are essential for maintaining indoor air quality and a comfortable living environment, they can rack up high energy bills if not properly operated and maintained. There are several common AC mistakes that can lead to increased energy bills. From neglecting regular AC maintenance to setting the thermostat too low, over time, unwanted spikes in your utility bills may appear. To learn more about how to keep your energy bills low and your indoor air quality high, contact Spoor’s Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule AC service today!
Not Choosing An Energy-Efficient AC Unit
An energy-efficient AC unit can have a significant impact on your electricity bills. Selecting an energy-efficient unit is an investment that can help you save a significant amount of money in the long run. Energy Star-rated air conditioning units use advanced technologies to reduce energy consumption by up to 30%. This allows for units to run on less power and keep your home cooler for less. At Spoor’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we can install new energy-efficient AC units that are perfectly fit to your home and HVAC needs.
Forgetting To Change Air Filters
Neglecting to replace air filters in HVAC systems can greatly increase energy bills. Dirty and clogged air filters restrict airflow, making AC units work harder to circulate air in homes and buildings, resulting in less efficiency and higher energy consumption. Additionally, HVAC systems have a shorter lifespan when they operate with dirty air filters, as the extra workload could cause system failure or damage. Aim to change your air filters every 3 months or more frequently if you have pets and a large household.
Not Programming Your Thermostat
If your thermostat is always set to the same temperature, regardless of whether you are home, you may be wasting energy and money. You can save on heating and cooling costs by simply turning your thermostat back a few degrees when you are not home. In addition, installing a smart thermostat can target specific rooms or areas and have a massive impact on energy saving. For instance, you may be wasting energy trying to cool down areas of your home that don't need it, such as empty guest rooms or storage areas. By simply investing in a modern thermostat and programming it to fit your lifestyle and routine, you could greatly reduce your utility costs.
Overworking Your AC Unit
There are many simple measures you can take around your home to prevent overworking your HVAC system. To help your AC unit work less and use less energy, try these household tips to help keep your home cool.
- Use Fans
- Close Window Treatments To Block Out Harsh Sun
- Keep Outdoor AC Unit In The Shade
- Keep Windows Closed On Hot Days
- Open Windows & Turn Up Thermostat On Cool Days
Missing Regular HVAC Maintenance
Missing regular checkups on your heating and cooling system can lead to dirty coils, clogged filters, and more which contribute to reduced efficiency. Regular AC maintenance can help prevent costly breakdowns and extend the lifespan of your HVAC system, saving you even more money in the long run. During a maintenance visit, our experienced HVAC technician will inspect your system, test the indoor quality, clean coils, replace and update AC unit components such as fuses, and repair any leaks or damage. Contact us today to schedule AC maintenance in Auburn, CA today.