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Do You Think You Paid Too Much to Cool Your Home This Summer?

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If you do, then we can help you. When it comes to air conditioning in Wayne, PA, we’re the local pros with more than 40 years of experience installing, repairing, and maintaining air conditioning systems. 

Central air conditioners make large demands on the electrical system of a home. That’s one of the reasons an overworked AC can cause a circuit breaker to trip. When an air conditioner goes into its cooling cycle, the compressor consumes about 3,500 watts per hour. To put this in perspective, running the AC in “fan-only” mode consumes about 500 watts per hour. This will give you an idea of how much energy goes into cooling your house.

If you noticed steeper electrical costs this summer, there are several possibilities for why it’s happening. We’ll look into these causes and some steps you can take to get those bills down.

First, consider the AC’s age

How long have you had your current air conditioner? More than 10 years? More than 15? The average AC has a service life expectancy of 10 to 15 years, so when your AC lands in this range or beyond it, it may begin to lose energy efficiency due to years of wear and tear. We tend to recommend replacing a unit that starts to raise energy costs when it’s this age—especially if it’s more than 15 years old. A new air conditioner with better efficiency will begin paying for itself right away.

Are you remembering to change the air filter regularly?

Be honest, because this is a basic way to keep an AC from draining power needlessly. The air filter on the HVAC cabinet will collect enough dust and debris after several months to block airflow, and this forces more work from the air conditioner for worse results. If the same filter that started the summer is still in place in your air conditioner, it’s due for a change! When you remember regimented filter changes (every 1–3 months), you’ll avoid cost increases and many other potential AC troubles.

Schedule any repair you’ve delayed

We understand that what seems like a “small” problem with an air conditioner, like odd sounds or unusual cycling patterns, is easy for you to put off. If it isn’t appearing to outwardly affect the AC’s cooling power, it may seem unimportant. But those delayed repairs may be why you’re seeing the electrical bills rise. We recommend you always move fast to have any problem with an AC fixed. 

Did you remember maintenance back in spring?

Skipping spring maintenance for even a year can result in an air conditioner’s efficiency dropping noticeably. These regular tune-ups and cleanings help your AC stay in the best condition year after year. However, missing maintenance in spring doesn’t mean you’ve lost out for the year. You can still schedule it—it’s better done late than to skip it entirely. 

There are other ways you can help cut down on the price to cool your house. Our team can help you find the best ways to maximize comfort and minimize costs. 

Michall Daimion Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. has been the Main Line’s Premier Service Provider since 1976. Call us for 24-hour emergency service.

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