Why Is My AC System Using So Much Power?

The weather in Port Wentworth, GA, feels extremely hot and humid during the summer. As such, it can cause your air conditioning system to work harder than necessary. Factors such as age and maintenance of your air conditioner can affect how much energy it uses. Here are some reasons your AC system may be using too much power:

Insufficient Insulation

Insufficient insulation in your home can allow heat from the outside to seep inside, making it more difficult for your AC system to maintain a comfortable temperature indoors. Poorly insulated attics and crawl spaces are common culprits of high energy usage during the summer.

Poor Maintenance

The best way to keep your AC system in good working order is to hire a service technician to perform regular maintenance. This will help ensure all components are clean and functioning properly, improving energy efficiency.

Dirty Air Filters

The AC system needs to work harder to blow air through a filter full of dust, dirt and other particulates, leading to higher energy bills. Check your air filter once a month and replace it when necessary.

Incorrect Sizing

If your AC system is too small for the space it has to cool, it’ll constantly run to try and keep up with the demand, leading to higher energy usage. The same is true if your AC system is too large for its cooling space; it’ll cycle on and off frequently, using more power than necessary.

Leaking Ducts

Leaky ducts can cause air to escape, leading to an inefficient system that needs to work harder to maintain the desired temperature. Look for signs of cracks or tears in the ductwork and seal them with mastic sealant.

By addressing these issues, you can keep your AC system running efficiently and save money on energy bills. Contact us at Old Coast Heating & Air Conditioning for more information about improving your AC system’s energy efficiency.

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