Keeping Your Electricity Bill Low With The Proper A.C

Posted on by Sunrise Mechanical Inc

Common Air Conditioning Problems

Your A.C is a very important component in your home, it regulates the temperature to keep everyone comfortable. Especially in the hot city of Phoenix, we all know how brutal the summers can be, so having a properly functioning air conditioner is extremely important. But just like any other piece of equipment, it can break down too and you’ll be in need of a quick A.C repair before that heat becomes unbearable. There are a few things you can check before you call your local Sunrise Mechanical Inc technician.

First, go outside and see if your system has any debris in the fan that might be blocking its airflow. Also, check your breakers to see if your A.C unit lost power. Dirty air filters could also be the culprit of a malfunctioning air conditioner. Other possibilities could be low refrigerant, a small leak or your unit froze up. All of these are common occurrences and for later few issues you would want to schedule a repair service with your technician.

Get Rid Of Your Old A.C

Air conditioning units can last between 15 and 20 years but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should keep yours that long. Older A.C units are less efficient are will use more power to keep your home cool. Which means your electricity bill will be higher. Now, that doesn’t mean you need to stop what you’re doing and go buy a brand new air conditioner but it is something to think about. Especially when you are repairing your old unit again. Getting a new A.C unit opens up the opportunity for upgrades and a more energy-efficient household. But when you are shopping for a new A.C there are a few things that you should remember.

Knowing when it’s time to get rid of your old unit and replace it with a new one can be tricky business. But there are a few things you can keep in mind and look out for if you are considering buying a new A.C. If you are needing to constantly repair your old unit and these repairs are becoming quite costly, that is probably your biggest sign to get a new air conditioner. Age can be a factor but should not be your deciding reason. If you take good care of your A.C and have all the proper maintenance done on it throughout the years, it could very well last you up to 20 years. But if yours is getting up there and isn’t what it used to be, it could be time to go shopping. A great idea to really help decide if it is worth it to buy a brand new A.C is to compare your utility bills. Look at one from a few years ago and look at a more recent one. If there is a big difference in the numbers and your electricity bill a few years ago was a lot less than it is now, then it is a great idea to replace your unit with a new, more efficient option.

Getting The Proper Air Conditioner For Your Home

When it comes to air conditioners, size matters! If your A.C isn’t properly sized to your home you could be looking at several issues. If it is too big then it will be turning on and off very quickly going through cooling cycles faster than it should, which will increase your electricity bill and the unit won’t have the proper amount of time it needs to remove the humidity in the air. If your A.C is too small it won’t have enough power behind it and your energy bill will also be higher because the tiny little A.C will never turn off.

Air conditioning units work by removing the humidity in the air(latent cooling load) and cooling the temperature(sensible cooling load). Both of these are important and you need both in order for your A.C to properly cool your home. If you cool the home but don’t remove the humidity then you will have developed the perfect breeding ground for allergens and mold. Not something you want living with you.

When you get a new A.C unit, location also matters. Your ideal placement is somewhere shady where it won’t get direct sunlight for an extended period of time and your unit should have about four feet of clearance all the way around it to ensure proper airflow.

Maintaining Your Air Conditioner

Air Conditioning MaintenanceEven though we live in one of the hottest states, many people will wait until the summer heat is at its peak before they call to get A.C Service. The best time to schedule your AC Maintenance is a few months before summer starts. Regular maintenance keeps your air conditioner operating efficiently, and at peak performance. Your system loses about 5% of its efficiency for every year it is not properly serviced. Proper upkeep will help to lower your electricity bill and energy usage. It also helps to avoid costly repairs if something breaks down during the hot season. Not to mention this regular maintenance extends the longevity of your system and it gives you peace of mind.

There are other things you can do at home in between maintenance visits from your A.C technician that will help your unit last longer and be more efficient. Changing your air filters is probably the biggest thing you can do to help out your air conditioner. It is recommended to change these filters at least every 90 days if not every 2 months. Doing this is going to keep your A.C running and prevent costly repairs that come from air filters becoming clogged and preventing the airflow. This will also seriously benefit any households with pets or people with allergies. Frequent air filter changes are always a good thing!

The Best A.C Service In Phoenix

When our air conditioning technicians come to install a new unit in your home we will be very thorough in our inspections and measurements to ensure you are getting the best A.C for your home. Looking at your air ducts and insulation will let us know if there are any issues there that could cause your air conditioner to be less effective. A lack of insulation won’t keep the temperature of your home balanced. And an issue with your air ducts could not be delivering cool air to where it needs to be going.

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