Sudden, unexplained spikes in utility bills are often due to air conditioning issues, which may have emerged due to mistakes you’re making in how you use the AC unit.
Below A-1 Comfort Care, a trusted provider of air conditioning repair services, discusses some of the common air conditioning mistakes that could be causing your bill to go up.
Purchasing the Wrong AC
Whether you purchase a unit that’s too large or one that’s too small for your home, getting the wrong air conditioner could cause a number of problems for you. For example, an oversized unit has the tendency to cycle on and off too quickly. This makes it ineffective at maintaining comfortable temperatures and removing humidity. Meanwhile, an undersized unit may need to run constantly in order to meet the needs of your home. This could potentially strain the unit and shorten its lifespan.
Placing the AC Unit in Direct Sunlight
Be mindful of where your AC unit is located, as this can impact its energy efficiency. If exposed to an excessive amount of direct sunlight, your AC equipment may overheat and be forced to work harder. In addition to avoiding direct sunlight, HVAC installation contractors also warn against shrubs, plants and structures that are placed too close to the unit. These things can impede ventilation and ultimately negatively affect the performance of your air conditioner.
Running the AC 24/7
Make sure that your AC isn’t running full blast all day long, especially if there are times in the day when nobody is home. For instance, you might want to consider turning your thermostat up before leaving for the day and turning it back down when you get home.
A-1 Comfort Care has over 20 years of experience in residential HVAC services. Our team is committed to providing high-quality products and solutions that meet your specific needs. Call us at (732) 578-0379 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve customers in Wall and Freehold, NJ.