Why Is My Light Bill So High?
As we head into summer, nearly every Texan is anxiously dreading the quick and drastic rise in their electric bill. When the heat heads into the 90s and above, your air conditioner will be working overtime to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Most of us think that means outrageous energy bills are unavoidable — and to some extent, a higher electric bill in the summer is inevitable. But should your electric bill be THAT high? The answer is probably “no.”
The are several ways that you can significantly reduce your energy usage in the summer and save money on electricity. Sometimes, that means spending a little money now to save money in the coming years. The pros at Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating can help.
Common Reasons Why Your AC is Causing Higher Electric Bills
Most of us think the answer to this question is “because it’s really hot and your air conditioner is running all day.” That’s a little too simple, though.
In most cases, there are many factors that are making your AC work harder than it needs to, resulting in electric bills that are higher than they should be. Some contributing factors in an overly high electric bill are:
Poor insulation: If your home is not properly insulated, the cool air that your AC pumps into the house is going to escape at an alarming rate. When your home can’t retain that cool air, your air conditioner continually needs to work to pump in more and more, costing you more money than is necessary. Insulation shouldn’t just be blown in randomly, though. An energy audit on your home’s heating and cooling needs gives us a more scientific approach to putting insulation in, at the right quantity and with the right material to maximize your home’s energy efficiency.
Leaky ducts: Ductwork is a vital component to a properly working HVAC system. When your ductwork is leaking because of rips, tears, or poor installation, you’re losing cool air to the hottest part of your home — the attic. Your air conditioner will work harder than necessary to keep your home cool, while you lose money because the cool air is not getting to where it’s supposed to be.
Lack of maintenance: Air conditioners require routine maintenance to keep working at their best. While skipping routine maintenance can save a little money, you’re likely losing far more in the long run because your system is not running as efficiently as it should be. Regular servicing can also help catch small problems with your HVAC system and allow you to get them fixed before they turn into larger problems — like a non-working air conditioner in the middle of a hot Texas summer!
Aging AC unit: Air conditioners that are well maintained can last for many years. The average lifespan is 8 to 15 years, in fact, and some will last even longer. Over time, though, your system will slowly lose its efficiency and result in higher and higher electric bills. Additionally, new technology is far more efficient than what was available when older units were installed. Replacing an air conditioning unit can be a costly prospect right now, but in the long run you can considerably lower your electric bills and save more money than you spent on the new unit. Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating offers free in-home estimates on AC replacements, as well as 100% financing options with low monthly payments and interest rates.
Stop High Electric Bills Before They Start With Help From Seasons!
Since 1989, Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating has provided exceptional air conditioning service to the Greater Houston Area, including Tomball, Conroe, Katy, Atascocita, Kingwood, Humble, The Woodlands, Spring, Cypress, and surrounding areas.
We have an A+ rating with the BBB and are an A+ rated dealer with Goodman Manufacturing. Our certified and licensed technicians work with all makes and models of HVAC systems, with 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
Get your air conditioner running in top condition before your summer electric bills hit the mailbox! Call Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating today at 281-351-1010 to schedule an appointment.