5 Ways Your Air Conditioner Service Provider Can Decrease Your Utility Bills
February 14, 2018
If you are tired of paying huge amounts in terms of utility bills, then you are not alone. We all are facing the same problem, especially in summer when the sun is shining bright and our air conditioner is constantly working. A very common question that pop ups into everyone’s mind is that how can our air conditioner is affect so much on our utility bills? You will be surprised to hear that according to the statistics of US Department of Energy, air conditioning and heating make up about 43% of our utility bills. Just because of our air conditioner, we are consuming 43% more electricity. Insane! Right? To overcome this problem, it is necessary for you to call a service provider for the maintenance and service of your air conditioner. Your air conditioner service provider can decrease your utility bills just by checking these things.
- Thermostat: Programmable thermostats cut energy usage by adjusting temperatures while you’re away or asleep. You can program them yourself or purchase one that slowly adapts to your temperature preferences. Some can even be set up with an app away from home. According to the Department of Energy, you can save up to 10% annually by adjusting your temperature by seven to ten degrees for eight hours a day. Programmable thermostats can automate the process. Therefore, always ask your air conditioner service provider to check the thermostat.
- Replace your air conditioner’s air filters: The most important maintenance task that will ensure the efficiency of your air conditioner is to routinely replace or clean its filters. Clogged, dirty filters block normal airflow and reduce a system's efficiency significantly. With normal air flow obstructed, air that bypasses the filter may carry dirt directly into the evaporator coil and impair the coil's heat-absorbing capacity. Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner's energy consumption by 5% to 15%.
- Replacing the faulty AC Ducts:
Consider checking the ducts for torn insulation, partial blockages, disconnects, and holes. When there is a fault in the ducts, cool air does not move to the rooms in your home as efficiently as it should no matter how well your air conditioner may be working. This means that you are actually paying for air that is escaping, air that you never actually feel inside your house. Enlisting the services of professionals to get the ducts checked and fixed on a regular basis improves efficiency. In most cases, they will check the system for any mechanical faults and fix them to ensure optimal performance while saving on energy.
- Coil Fins:
The aluminum fins on evaporator and condenser coils are easily bent and can block airflow through the coil. Air conditioning wholesalers sell a tool called a "fin comb" that will comb these fins back into nearly original condition.
- Air Conditioner Coils: The air conditioner's evaporator coil and condenser coil collect dirt over their months and years of service. A clean filter prevents the evaporator coil from soiling quickly. In time, however, the evaporator coil will still collect dirt. This dirt reduces airflow and insulates the coil, reducing its ability to absorb heat. To avoid this problem, check your evaporator coil every year and clean it as necessary.