Summertime in Louisville, KY, and the surrounding areas is hot and humid. If your air conditioning system is inefficient, your comfort could suffer. Consider these signs of an inefficient air conditioner and find out what you can do in order to improve your home’s comfort.
High Electricity Bills
Cooling accounts for 60 to 70 percent of a typical household’s summertime electricity use. Your utility bill should show a comparison of how much electricity you used for the current billing period and the same period of time last year. For example, your July 2020 electricity bill should also show how many kilowatts of power you used in July 2019. If you’re not using your air conditioning system any differently than you did last year, it could be inefficient. An air conditioning repair could restore its efficiency and lower your electricity bills.
Inefficient air conditioning systems may turn off only to turn on again a few seconds later. This is short cycling, and it suggests a problem with efficiency. The cooling system might not have the right capacity for your home. There could be a blocked or damaged duct, compressor problem, refrigerant leak or thermostat issue that requires an AC repair.
You might notice that a particular room or area of your home is too hot or too cold, even though the air conditioner is regularly cycling. At the same time, you may notice an increase in your home’s humidity or dust levels. This is often accompanied by a musty odor or increase in mold growth. The poor temperature, humidity and air quality are all signs of an inefficient air conditioner. One common cause of these problems is a dirty air filter, explains the Department of Energy. Dirty air filters decrease air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent.
To learn more about the signs of an inefficient air conditioner, check out One Choice Mechanical LLC’s AC repair services, or call us today for additional details.