So we’re getting towards the end of the month and for most of us, that means it’s time to pay bills. Yay. You get your electric or heating bill, open it up, and take a look at the total due and you fall out of your chair. You can’t believe how much you owe. What could be causing all this? What can you do to make sure you don’t continue to get bills like this?
Lucky for you, that’s what we’re here to help you sort through today. Here are some of the common causes of high electricity bills and specific things you should be looking for if you want to make sure they don’t keep happening.
Let’s jump right in!
A lot of people actually hold the misconception that refrigerant is something that has to be refilled or recharged, but the truth is that you don’t have to do either. Or more specifically – you can’t do either. When you’re losing refrigerant, then you have a leak. Leaks lead to all sorts of performance issues – from freezing, to flooding and a decreased ability to keep a room cool past a certain temperature.
Air conditioners all have fans built within them to help keep certain components of the air conditioner cool. When these stop working, the unit can often produce as much hot air as it does cold air. When it has more hot air to cool down, the AC unit has to work harder. When an AC unit works harder – it uses more energy and more energy used means more money coming out of your pocket!
Insulation degrades over time and in many cases, it simply isn’t installed properly. People often make the mistake of assuming that insulation exists only to help keep your home warm – when actually, it’s more of a temperature conditioner. When you want to keep a home warm – it keeps the warm air in and the cold air out. But when you want it to be colder? It does the opposite. Either way – it’s important. If you find yourself losing a lot of money suddenly, have someone come and take a look at the insulation. It might be to blame.
Sometimes major problems can be caused by some of the simplest things. If the hot air that gets pulled from inside your home can’t be properly expelled because of an obstruction, then it’s going to make your system work harder. Those obstructions can be anything, too. Debris, leaves, lawn clippings, mulch – even sneaky animals; you name it. At the end of the day though, an obstruction is an obstruction and it needs to be fixed or you could be paying for it.
Inefficient HVAC systems that aren’t working properly can cause your home to warm, cause your system to work harder and eventually causes you to write a bigger check at the end of the month than you had wanted to. Be on the lookout for some of these issues as they might be what’s causing your problem to begin with! If you’re still having problems, give us a call and we’ll give you a free consultation!