Merrimack, NH Homeowner Seeks Advice
An inefficient air conditioning system can wind up costing you in utility bills, as it drains additional power to cool the home. Consistently higher than normal utility bills may indicate that there is a problem. Your home’s HVAC unit is struggling to maintain a consistent temperature. One reason for this is that the unit may be at the end of its life. Dirty air filters or units that are need of a cleaning and preventative maintenance may also run inefficiently.
A Merrimack homeowner had noticed that her utility bills suddenly skyrocketed. While she had been using her central air, this increase was far greater than in previous years. Concerned, she contacted Joyce Cooling & Heating for advice.
Your HVAC Unit’s Effect on Your Utility Bills
While leaving the lights on, running the dryer, electronics and other power hogging appliances can certainly run up your utility bill, for a significant increase you may have to look a little bigger. During the warmer months, you are likely running your air conditioning non-stop. This will certainly increase your electric bill during the summer, but a dramatic jump may point to a bigger problem. HVAC units that are running inefficiently can take more power to maintain a steady temperature. Depending on its age, this is often one of the first signs that your unit may need to be replaced soon.
Making some upgrades to your HVAC system can also help to improve its efficiency. This may include installing new fans, compressors or upgrading to a programmable thermostat. If it has been a while since your unit was serviced, a technician may be able to diagnose any problems leading to inefficiencies and higher utility bills. Simple tasks like cleaning or replacing the air filter can also make a big difference.
A Joyce Cooling & Heating technician was able to provide preventative maintenance for the Merrimack homeowner. After a good cleaning and replacing the air filter, her utility bills have already gone down, and the unit is running like new again.