Looking to lower AC costs this summer? Then DON’T do these things! In an effort to help Canadians reduce their cooling costs and energy consumption this season, HAMCO has put together this list of things you should NOT do. Take a look to make sure you’re not unknowingly doing any of these and making your energy bills unnecessarily higher.
Here’s What NOT To Do if You Want to Lower Your AC Costs
Use an old, dirty filter.
To start our list, if you’re using an old, dirty filter you’re going to increase your AC costs. When the filter is clogged with dirt and debris, it restricts the airflow through the system. This means that your AC unit has to work harder to push air through the filter, which takes more energy and leads to higher electricity bills. A dirty filter also reduces the efficiency of your AC system. Ultimately, not changing your filter regularly can cause a bunch of problems which cost you more.
Set the temperature super low.
Setting the AC temperature too low doesn’t mean your home will cool down faster. It does mean that you will have added costs from increased energy consumption, more wear and tear on the system causing early failure, and system issues from overuse. The lower you set the AC temperature, the harder the system has to work to reach and maintain that temperature.
Fail to track energy bills.
Tracking your monthly energy bills helps you keep an eye on your system. Knowing your average energy use from month to month can help you discover issues with your AC unit. Minor increases from year to year are normal because utility rates get higher, but if you notice your bills increasing without any explanation, it’s a sign that there is something wrong with your system.
Block vents and registers.
Don’t cover your vents and return ducts with furniture or drapes! This limits the airflow which decreases the efficiency of your system and increases wear and tear. You should also avoid closing the vents in the rooms you don’t use. While many people believe this will save them money, it can actually have the opposite effect, as the temperature in the whole home won’t be achieved as quickly as it should, causing the system to run constantly.
Put off repairs.
If you suspect an issue with your air conditioner, don’t leave it! Schedule a service call ASAP. Putting off repairs will only end up costing you more in the long run. Ignoring issues can create more expensive problems as opposed to dealing with small repairs. Leaving problems to persist can damage other components in your air conditioning, and can shorten the lifespan of your unit, forcing you to spend money on a new one sooner than necessary.
Turn off your AC every time you leave.
In some cases, turning off your air conditioning when you leave makes sense, such as when you’re going to be away for an extended period of time. However, turning it off and on every time you leave the house can actually increase your cooling costs. The extreme temperature fluctuations not only put added stress on your AC trying to reach your set temperature, but it takes more energy to do so because it has to remove all of the humidity in the air too. Leaving your home to rise in temperature also could cause indoor air quality issues due to mold growth from excess moisture.
Skipping regular maintenance is a surefire way to increase your AC costs. Without annual maintenance, your AC will lose its efficiency, wear out faster, and not be able to cool your home efficiently. Stay on top of regular maintenance to keep your costs as low as possible and to avoid having to replace your AC prematurely.
Forget to Call HAMCO.
Finally, don’t forget to call HAMCO to schedule your annual maintenance! Don’t end up paying more in energy bills for your AC. Avoid costly breakdowns and prevent early unit failure by making sure you maintain your system annually, as per our recommendation. Start the summer season with an AC tune-up and don’t forget to check and replace your air filter as needed!
Keep AC costs low. Call HAMCO!
HAMCO Heating & Cooling Ltd. has been serving the heating and air conditioning needs of Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Grimsby and Brantford areas since 1946. We have a wide range of air conditioners to fit your specific needs and budget and the expertise to install and service a wide range of cooling systems.