The average American family spends around $2500 a year on their energy bill. This varies by location; colder cities consume more energy during winter months to keep their homes warm. In cities like Miami, most people need cooling all year long, especially during the hot summer months.
44% is the cost comes from your AC Unit
The single biggest energy eating monster in your home is your air conditioning system. On average, your air conditioner will consume more energy that lighting, washer, driers, dish washers, microwaves, pool pumps, television, computers and other appliances…combined!
Save 10% with a programmable thermostat
A programmable thermostat can save you about $180 a year off your energy bill. During the summer, set the thermostat to 78 degrees when you are at home and 82 degrees when you are away. During winter, the settings will vary depending on the average temperatures in your city.
2 out of 3 homes have leaking ductwork
Most homes have leaks in the ducts and these leaks can cost you around 20 % of your cooling capacity and energy. Have a professional company come out to your house once a year to perform an inspection and correct any leaks, this can save you hundreds of dollars a year, improve your air quality and enhance system performance.
1 in 4 home owners don’t change their air filters
A dirty air filter can cause an incredible amount of damage, not only to your system but also to the quality of the air you breathe. It is no wonder that indoor air quality inside US homes is 500% worse than the air outside. Changing your air filter once a month will not only protect your wallet and system, but it will also improve the quality of your life. Changing your filter regularly can save you around 5% in energy.
Dirty AC coils consume 30% more energy
Dirt and other particles constantly pass through the coils of your unit, and with time, these coils become clogged. On average, most homes have dirty coils and most people don’t clean them until their unit starts to malfunction and freeze. But what most of us don’t know is that just a partially dirty coil system can consume 30% more energy because it takes more effort from your system to keep your house cool.
Perform Regular Maintenance
Most air condition systems have an efficient use cycle of 15 years. Scientific research shows that conducting proper maintenance on your air conditioning system twice a year can extend the life of the system. On the other hand, ignoring some of these maintenance steps can take years off your system and its efficiency. Imagine never changing the oil on your car, how long do you expect the motor to last?
Consider updating your system
Performing regular maintenance can prolong the life of your system, but eventually, you should consider changing it. New technologies continue to emerge that improve the performance and energy usage of air conditioning systems, and after 15 years of usage, you should consider upgrading.
As you can see in the graph above, the efficiency of your air conditioner will continue to decline as the years go by. The lower the efficiency, the harder your system will have to work to keep your house cool/warm.
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