The Added Cost of Neglected Air Conditioners

PDM Heating, Air Conditioning Thermostat ExpertMost of us recognize that our residential air conditioning systems have a significant impact on our seasonal utility bills – cooling and heating account for about 56% of a home’s energy usage, the Department of Energy says. But the impact is not just from the temperature outdoors. How well these systems are maintained also affects utility bills as well as overall comfort.

A central air conditioning system has multiple components that require regular maintenance in order for the unit to function properly and efficiently. Neglecting to maintain these components, however, leads to a decline in a system’s performance and an increase in energy usage.

For example, the most routine of all maintenance steps is to change your air conditioner filter regularly. If the filter is clogged and dirty, it blocks airflow. But keeping filters clean can lower your air conditioner energy consumption by 5 to 15 percent.

Additionally, both the condenser coil on the outside and the evaporator coil on the inside can collect dirt and dust – which reduces airflow, increases energy usage and decreases comfort. What’s more, improper maintenance can lead to the compressor or fan failing prematurely.

For our customers, we recommend that they enroll in a routine maintenance program that provides for thorough seasonal tune-ups as well as discounts and priority service. It’s a great way for you to preserve your system’s life, increase its energy efficiency and avoid poorly timed cooling problems. And you can expect real results!

According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, when a professional technician inspects, cleans and tunes your system…

  • If the refrigerant needs recharging, this correction can improve system efficiency by 20%.
  • Correcting airflow rates can improve efficiency another 5-10%.

Among other services, the technician will also oil motors, check belts for tightness and wear, check the accuracy of the thermostat, inspect and tighten electrical connections and more… all to get your system in tiptop shape for the height of summer.

Schedule your air conditioner tune-up today. It’s well worth the savings and comfort.