How to Tell if Your AC is Running Efficiently
With temperatures increasing in Southwest Michigan, many of us are cranking up the air conditioning. A properly cooled environment is not only more comfortable, but it also improves your quality of life. A comfortable room can help improve work performance for those working from home, provide better quality sleep, and puts less stress on your body. However, those raising temperatures often come with increasing electricity bills that may have you asking, “Is my air conditioner working right?” JP Heating & Air Conditioning shares these 5 warning signs that your AC is no longer running efficiently!
1. Your Energy Bill is Higher than You Expected
An increasing electricity bill is often the first sign people notice that their air conditioner is not working properly. An AC that is not running efficiently will gradually require more electricity to cool your home. It takes more power to work longer and harder as it cools, filters, and circulates the air. If you suspect your bill is higher than it should be, it may be time to look closely at your air conditioner!
2. Your AC Unit Runs Constantly
Most air conditioners run in cycles, approximately 15 minutes a few times an hour. If you find yourself distracted by an AC that is running more often, there is a good chance it is not running efficiently and needs to be checked out. If basic maintenance like changing your filter does not solve the problem, reach out to JP Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule a service!
3. The Temperature in Your Home Is Not Consistent
A healthy HVAC system that is appropriate for the size of your house will cool your home evenly. If you find that certain areas of your home are consistently too hot or too cold compared to other areas, it could be a sign your AC is nearing the end of its lifespan.
4. Your AC is 10 Years Old or Older
Just like any system in your home, age causes air conditioning units to run less efficiently over time. The various components in the system begin to wear down and simply not work as well. This does not necessarily mean you need to replace your entire system, consider scheduling a maintenance call with JP Heating & Air Conditioning to evaluate the health of your system. Sometimes all it takes is a preventative visit to replace worn components to save yourself the headache of an emergency call during a heat wave!
5. Your AC Requires Frequent Repair
A surefire way to know your system is no longer performing efficiently is when you find yourself making repeat service calls for things like strange sounds, unpleasant smells, or constant cycling. When the repairs no longer produce long term results, but are simply patching repeat issues, it is likely time to invest in a new system. A safe and reliable HVAC system will pay itself off with efficient cooling that uses less energy, cools evenly, and does not require constant repairs. The friendly associates at JP Heating & Air Conditioning are available to help you make a fully informed decision about the state of your HVAC system, schedule an appointment before the true heat of summer begins!