Air Conditioning Mistakes That Raise Your Bills

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Air conditioning is a necessity during the Florida summer, but you’ll still be sweating it if you get expensive energy bills. Believe it or not, there are simple steps that can save you hundreds of extra dollars annually on your energy bills. Plus, they’ll help your AC unit run more efficiently and last longer, saving you even more in the long run.

You don’t have to suffer through heat and humidity. You can enjoy a comfortable home at an affordable cost—if you’re smart about your AC. Avoid these common air conditioning mistakes to lower the strain on both your AC unit and your wallet this year.

Forgetting to Clean Your AC Unit

A dirty air conditioning unit can cause your monthly bills to rise significantly. When your AC filters and coils aren’t clean, it can cause your unit to work harder or improperly. Make sure to check your air filters, coils, and outdoor unit regularly to avoid these unnecessary expenses. 

When inspecting these components, be sure to temporarily turn your thermostat off. You should replace each disposable, dirty filter monthly to maintain your unit’s energy efficiency. Failure to clean or replace your air conditioning filters on a monthly basis can increase your energy consumption, resulting in higher energy bills.

Another important component to keep clean is your AC’s condenser. It is typically located within your outside unit and can become dirty as it is exposed to the elements. Take time to remove all dirt, leaves, and debris from the coils to keep your unit’s air flow clear. It is also important to clip shrubbery around the condenser to avoid airflow blockage. 

If you don’t feel comfortable opening your AC unit, one of our experienced AC technicians can do this step for you.

Using the Wrong Thermostat Settings 

Homeowners will see an increase in electricity bills if they do not optimize their thermostat settings. Setting your thermostat at too low a temperature can cause a spike in your bills. That’s why it is important to raise the temperature in your home during the day or when you’re away. 

Using a programmable thermostat to lower the temperature when you’re at work or away from home can help save money and reduce your energy consumption. Today’s advanced technology allows you to raise or lower your thermostat settings on your phone, which can save hundreds of dollars each year. 

On hot, summer days, consider using fans to help circulate the air within your home without turning down the thermostat. You can also cool your home by closing outside doors and windows to keep your cool air from escaping.

Neglecting Bi-Annual AC Maintenance

When your unit is not properly maintained, it is susceptible to more frequent repair costs and higher bills due to energy inefficiency. Routine maintenance is required twice a year to ensure that your unit is running properly. 

Keep your AC unit in optimal shape with the help of an experienced HVAC technician. By identifying potential problems with your unit, they will help you avoid costly emergency repairs and extend its lifespan. Keep in mind that serious issues like refrigerant leaks can only be spotted by professionals. 

Join AC Designs Preferred Customer Maintenance Program

At AC Designs, our team of certified technicians is dedicated to helping you save money and energy. If you follow these tips and your AC unit still isn’t performing, it may be time for a professional inspection. 

Join our preferred customer maintenance program today to receive quality service from an AC company in Jacksonville and St. Augustine that you can trust. We were voted Bold City’s Best Air Conditioning Company and have over 1,800 5-star reviews.

As a member of our maintenance program, you’ll receive: 

  • Two pre-scheduled system checks per year 
  • One-day replacement of parts and units (except special orders) 
  • Access to 24-hour emergency service
  • ½ off diagnostic fee
  • 20% discount on repairs 

With so many great benefits, the program can pay for itself in just one visit. Plus, you’ll have peace of mind that your AC unit is always running efficiently to save you money and keep your family comfortable.

Schedule an Appointment With AC Designs

Let our trusted AC company in Jacksonville and St. Augustine help keep your family cool this summer. Make an appointment today to have your unit serviced and avoid costly emergency repairs.