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High Bills? Here’s Why


Air conditioners run for long periods of time during the summer. They don’t just run on magic, in fact, they run on electricity that is paid for ultimately by you! Just like you have to fill up your car every now and then with gasoline, you have to constantly pay for the stream of energy in your air conditioner to perform its job.

That being said, air conditioners aren’t built to consume that much energy. They’re usually manufactured to consume as little energy as possible, depending on the SEER rating of said unit, which can leave you paying only a small amount for quality cooling. The more advanced technology gets, the more efficient our cooling systems become.

If you’re looking for additional ways to save on your air conditioning in Covington, LA then you’re going to have to look at why your bills are so high in the first place. Let’s take a look.

Conserve Your Energy

High bills when you’re running your air conditioner in the summer signals one thing—inefficiency. By running inefficient appliances you’re ultimately paying more for energy costs, and wasting energy for that matter. This isn’t nice to hear and it’s also sad to realize when it’s gone under your nose for so long.

So, for the proactive homeowners out there looking to conserve energy and reduce their bills, here are some tips to follow to make sure your system is running as efficiently as possible.

Change Your Air Filter

The biggest culprit of a high energy bill is neglect, and one of the first things we see homeowners neglect is their system’s air filter. The air filter is in charge of siphoning out harmful particles like dust and debris that would otherwise hurt the interior components of your air conditioner. This damage could lead to decreased efficiency and an overall rise in your energy bill. Go ahead and check on your air filter now and change it if it needs to be changed, we’ll wait!

Incorrect AC Settings

Air conditioners can only reasonably heat the air of your home to a specific threshold without functioning inefficiently or ineffectively. If the temperature is 100 degrees outside, you’re only going to really get your system to cool your home to 80 degrees without causing stress or damage to the components of the system.

Try raising the thermostat to a level that can be achieved reasonably. When your air conditioner tries to cool your home down to a level that’s simply not achievable, it will consume much more energy and raise your bill for a negligible effect.

Schedule Maintenance

It’s assumed that every year your air conditioner goes without routine maintenance, it loses 5% of its efficiency. That means if it’s been four years since a professional performed anything other than a targeted repair, you could be paying more than 20% more energy costs for no reason! Call our team of professionals to have maintenance performed so that you can maximize the efficiency of your system.

When you need it done right, call Professional Heating & Air.

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