During the Summer, Always Be Conscious of AC Efficiency

Down here in South Florida, the cooling season has gotten longer because temperatures have gotten hotter. That means you not only need to keep your air conditioner in tiptop condition to ensure it doesn’t break down, you also need to make sure it runs efficiently. Paying attention to maintenance and to some AC efficiency measures in the household can mean you’ll pay a lot less on your energy bill.

How can you tell if your AC efficiency is what it should be? What follows are some things to watch out for.

How to Determine If Your AC Efficiency Is What It Should Be

  1. Temperature Fluctuation. Is one room too warm and another too cold? This can be caused by a number of issues, including the reality that your air conditioner is the wrong size for your home. If it’s too small, it will run all the time and never cool your home adequately. If it’s too big, it will short-cycle, turning on and off but never cooling as it should. Regardless of the reason, your AC is running inefficiently, which likely means you’re paying way more on your utility bill than you should.
  2. High Energy Bills. If your energy bills start mounting, it could be a sign your AC is running inefficiently. The reasons can be many: leaking ductwork; poor insulation; the equipment is old and needs repairs; a poor maintenance record; and a dirty air filter. The best solution is to call your HVAC consultant and track down the reason for the inefficiency. With the money you will save on your energy bills, an investment in maintenance will be more than worthwhile.
  3. Breakdowns and Malfunctions. If you experience frequent AC breakdowns or even just malfunctions that require repairs, it could be a sign that your equipment has been running inefficiently. Perhaps, as mentioned above, it’s sized improperly. Or, it might not have been getting the maintenance it needs to work properly. Spring maintenance and frequent changing of the filter may be the solution.

Do you need to learn more about AC efficiency? Contact NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. We serve Palm Beach, Martin, and Indian River counties.

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