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Why Are My Cooling Bills So High?

Why Are My Cooling Bills So High?

Chances are your electric bill skyrockets during the summer months. Constantly running your air conditioner uses a lot of energy. In fact, your HVAC system is responsible for about half of your home’s energy consumption. While high bills are to be expected during the summer months, a sudden spike in your consumption or bills that are significantly higher than last year’s despite similar usage could indicate a problem.

Are you spending more than you should cool your home? Here are a few reasons why your cooling bills might be so high.

CLOGGED FILTER

Your HVAC system’s filter is in place to protect its internal components. When not cleaned or replaced regularly, it can clog. This restricts airflow and forces the system to work harder to cool your home. And when the system has to work harder, it consumes much more energy.

DUCT LEAKS

Leaks in your ductwork allow cooled air to escape prior to reaching its destination. Your air conditioner then has to work harder to keep your home at the desired temperature.

SKIPPING MAINTENANCE

You might not think you need to have your cooling system serviced unless you are having a problem, but annual air conditioner maintenance is extremely important. Having your AC maintained each year ensures that minor problems will be detected and addressed before they become severe. Properly maintained systems are also less prone to problems associated with wear and tear. The better maintained your AC is, the less it will likely cost to operate.

POOR QUALITY INSTALLATION

Having your air conditioner installed by anyone other than a licensed HVAC technician is a recipe for disaster. A poorly installed system could cause countless problems and have efficiency issues from the first time you turn it on. When you purchase a new system, professional air conditioner installation is the way to go.

At Carter Services, we are here to help. If your cooling bills seem too high, one of our technicians can take a look at your system and make recommendations on how you can reduce your operating expenses. Whether you need to have your air conditioner serviced or repaired or you need to replace it with a newer model, we do it all. To request an appointment, please contact us today by calling (310) 879-5278.

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