Are you even concerned about your electric bill? Or have you ever noticed that your bill for electrical consumption actually increases as the temperature rises? Not convinced? Try to look at your electric bill right now and see the difference. Still not convinced? Recall your economics class and remember that a higher demand results to a higher price of any commodity. That includes electricity.
If you’re not aware of this fact, then chances are you will also not be concerned about it at all. You may have enough money to pay for all the bills so this is the least of your concerns. But wouldn’t it feel good to save a few dollars from ballooning electric bills in order to put this money into good use?
We’ve given you summer energy-saving tips before. We hope you applied them and that they were able to help you lower your bills even by a small fraction. But today, we’re focusing on one way of reducing the energy consumption of a very specific appliance in your house that gets totally abused during the hottest months of the year – your air conditioner.
Although we talked to you before about how to lower your AC’s energy consumption, this time, we’ll focus on one area that most homeowners and even business owners do not spend money on – reliable aircon servicing. Keep on reading and see why this handy-dandy solution will save you dollars from ballooning electric bills.
Chemical wash and AC’s functionality
This does not refer to mere cleaning of your AC filter or dusting and washing of your air conditioner exteriors. Rather, as the name suggests, this means using certain chemicals in cleaning the interiors of your AC. Detergent or ordinary soap cannot do this alone. You cannot do this by yourself. There’s proper handling of these chemicals to use them for cleaning. Chemical wash should be done regularly to your AC in order to clean the interior components such as the coils, blower, fan, and compressor.
Just imagine these components getting all dusty and dirty inside. When this happens, they will not function properly, causing your air conditioner to work harder, consuming more electricity in the process.
Leak repair and energy efficiency
Air conditioner leak simply means the refrigerant is coming out of your unit when it’s only supposed to circulate inside. This refrigerant, most commonly known as freon, although there are other kinds of it, is the component of your AC that removes heat from inside and throws it out of your room through the vents.
It’s also the component of your AC that’s responsible for producing cold air to be blown into your room. When it goes out of your air conditioner little by little, then you can expect your unit to consume more electricity in order to satisfy your required cooling needs as indicated by the thermostat. Remember that the thermostat you have set is the temperature mark that your AC tries to achieve.
As long as this mark is not reached, your air conditioner will continue to work and consume electricity. The problem is, it won’t be easy to reach that temperature if AC refrigerant is lacking. The end result? A poorly-functioning air conditioner that works inefficiently. It will try hard to reach your thermostat when what’s needed is not more electricity but a leak repair.
Aircon maintenance and early detection of AC problems
Last but not the least, regular aircon maintenance adheres to the principle that prevention is better than cure. Even without anything wrong happening to your AC, schedule regular air conditioner inspections and bi-annual chemical wash or chemical overhaul so that your unit can be maintained properly by the pros. How will it help save you from high electricity bills? If you maintain your AC regularly, this cooling unit will always work efficiently, using the minimum amount of electricity in its operation.