Will You Be Wasting $$$ Each Month In Your Electric Bill This Summer?
H&H Plumbing & Heating wanted to share with homeowners the following industry stats when it comes to the operation of air conditioning systems. It has been shown in field studies that 71% of installed residential cooling systems suffer from inadequate airflow and have an improper refrigerant charge. Both of these are major contributors to higher energy bills, poor comfort and premature equipment failure.
A study at Texas A&M determined that if an A/C System was undercharged 23% it resulted in a 52% efficiency loss; essentially DOUBLING your utility bills!!
This means there is a good chance your home is in that category and you just have no way of knowing. Unfortunately, many homeowners run their air conditioners until they fail. We wouldn’t think of buying a car and running it without ever changing the oil where eventually the engine breaks down.
Certainly with all the talk about rising energy costs it makes sense to make sure the system in your home is performing at the levels everyone expects.
You may be asking what causes this inefficiency in performance? Well, there are 4 main culprits for these alarming statistics.
- Undercharged or overcharged air-conditioning units.
- Clogged or dirty air filters restricts air flow and makes the system work harder.
- Dirt build-up on the blades of the blower motor or the cooling coil. Nine out of 10 systems fail due to dirt build up. (Louisiana Cooperative Ext. Serv.) Build up of dirt on the blower blades will reduce the furnace’s airflow and cause it to use more electricity. The lower airflow will cause the furnace to run hotter.
- Improper sizing of the air-conditioning unit. An oversized AC Unit can create that cold and clammy feeling when it’s hot outside.
Keep in mind, replacing a complete system is not necessarily the answer. The best way to find out is to schedule a tune up of your air conditioning system. Especially if can't remember the last time it was done. We perform this service for 1000's of West Michigan homeowners every year.