Living in Florida, you already know that as the temperatures rise outside that your utility bill is going to rise as well. However, you need your home to be cool enough to get through the day, and you grin and bare it. So what is the connection between your HVAC system and your electric bill? And what can you do to help lower your bills? Here are a few ways that your HVAC affects your electric bill.
In the simplest terms, your HVAC works by drawing air from your home into the system, dragging it over frozen coils, and returning cooled air back into the rooms. With the air, there are dust and dirt particles that are removed by the air filter. If the filter is dirty, the motor of your HVAC system works harder and hotter to cool the air, and your utility bills soar.
The thermostat determines the temperature in your home and turns the unit off and on according to the results. Have you ever looked at the thermostat, and it reads 70 but your home feels like it’s sitting on the equator? Your thermostat may need calibrating to more accurately read the temperature in your home. If it’s out of calibration, the system may run more often and stop and start more often, both of which cause a rise in your utility bills.
As one of the most expensive appliances in your home, The HVAC is expected to last somewhere between 10 to 15 years with various factors determining the actual age. Your HVAC system begins to run less efficiently as it ages. The motor can run harder or hotter and the compressor that cools the air can begin to falter. In some cases with the advances in efficiency, you save enough money on utilities to make it worth purchasing a new unit now.
The best way to deal with issues and lower your utility bills as much as possible is to hire a professional to perform regular maintenance on the system. Now, in the months before the cooling seasons is the best time to schedule that maintenance so your system is running optimally when you need it. Nice Air LLC is ready to help. Call us today to schedule an appointment.