While air conditioning is a lifesaver during hot summer months, it also comes with a cost. Running an AC can increase your energy bills. Here are some things you need to know about the cost of running an AC and how to keep your energy bills under control.
The Basics of AC Energy Consumption
Air conditioning units consume energy to cool your home. The amount of energy your AC consumes depends on several factors, including the size of your home, the age and efficiency of your AC unit, the local climate, and how often you use your AC. On average, an AC unit in North America uses about 3,000 to 5,000 watts of electricity per hour.
Factors That Affect Your Energy Bills
The size and age of your AC unit are significant factors in determining how much energy it consumes. A unit that is too small for your home will constantly run, using more energy and increasing your bills. Conversely, an older unit that is not energy efficient will also consume more energy than a newer, more efficient unit.
The local climate is another factor that affects your energy bills. In areas with high humidity or hot temperatures, your AC unit will have to work harder to cool your home, using more energy.
Finally, how often you use your AC also affects your energy bills. The more you use your AC, the more energy it consumes, and the higher your bills will be.
Tips for Lowering Your Energy Bills
- Consider upgrading to a newer, more efficient AC unit. While the unit’s initial cost may be higher, the savings in energy costs over time can offset the cost.
- Ensure that your home is properly insulated and sealed. This helps to prevent cool air from escaping and hot air from entering, which reduces the workload on your AC unit and lowers your energy bills.
- Use a programmable thermostat to control the temperature in your home. This allows you to set the temperature higher when you are away from home or sleeping, which saves energy and reduces your bills.
- Perform regular maintenance on your AC unit. This includes changing the air filters, cleaning the coils, and ensuring the unit functions properly. Regular maintenance helps to ensure that your unit is running efficiently and can lower your energy bills over time.
The Importance of Professional AC Maintenance
While regular maintenance is essential for keeping your AC unit running efficiently, having your unit professionally serviced at least once a year is also important. A professional AC technician can identify and repair any issues with your unit before they become larger, more expensive problems.
At Shipton’s Heating and Cooling, we understand the importance of controlling your energy bills. Our team of experienced HVAC technicians can help you determine the best ways to reduce your energy consumption and lower your bills. Whether you need a new, energy-efficient AC unit or regular maintenance on your existing unit, we can provide the services you need to stay comfortable and save money.