Perhaps, you recently noticed that your air conditioner is using a lot more energy than usual. You pull out a few recent energy bill statements and confirm that it does in fact, seem to be a lot higher this month than in previous months. Certainly, this happens to a lot of people during the really hot summer weather, but this spike seems unreasonably high.

There are a number of reasons why air conditioners consume more energy seemingly out of nowhere. Often, the answer is quite simple and easy to fix:

Proper Maintenance

One of the top reasons your air conditioner is an energy hog might center around your maintenance schedule. When was the last time that you had the air conditioner checked by a professional HVAC service?

The coils might be clogged or the air conditioner filter may need to be cleaned. Dirty coils and dirty filters make the air conditioner work harder and consume more energy and can cause your energy bills to skyrocket as a result.

Old Air Conditioner

Another reason the air conditioner is drawing in more power could be due to age. Older air conditioning units and systems are much less efficient than newer models. Maybe it’s time to update your air conditioning system to a newer and more efficient system that requires less energy to operate.

Bad AC Ducts

The air conditioner ducts might be blocked and if this is the case, they won’t operate efficiently. You may not feel much air coming into your room and so you head over to the thermostat to lower it a few degrees. This automatically causes the air conditioner to consume more energy than usual and this is a sign that it is time to call in a professional to service the unit.

The best course of action is to have the air conditioner checked by a professional. Contact Rusk Heating & Cooling today to speak with our experts or to schedule an appointment.