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Air Conditioning Mistakes That Raise Utility Bills

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Air Conditioning Mistakes That Raise Utility Bills

As Charleston prepares for tourist season, homeowners are also gearing up to beat the summer heat. While some are plotting trips to Folly Beach or planning backyard BBQs, many residents will rely heavily on their air conditioning units for respite from the sweltering weather. This heavy dependence, however, can result in unexpectedly high utility bills due to common air conditioning mistakes.

At Anchor Heating & Air, we believe knowledge is power. Understanding these pitfalls and when to seek services for AC maintenance and AC repair in Charleston, SC can help homeowners maintain a comfortable indoor environment while also ensuring economical energy consumption.

Understanding Air Conditioning Repair and Maintenance

It’s critical for homeowners in the Charleston area to understand the basics of AC repair and AC maintenance if they want to make smart and economical choices. Regular AC maintenance in Charleston, SC involves a thorough check-up of your AC unit by a certified technician to rectify underlying malfunctions before they escalate and become major issues. Without regular maintenance, an air conditioning unit may experience unexpected breakdowns that necessitate AC repair in Charleston, SC. Anchor Heating & Air provides expert AC repair as well as preventative maintenance services that help keep your AC running efficiently, even during the dog days of summer.

Common Mistakes Leading To High Utility Bills

We all make mistakes from time-to-time, it is what makes us human! Many homeowners believe certain practices are the best way to use their air conditioner, however, some practices can be doing more harm than good.

The Anchor Heating and Air team is here to help educate homeowners on the proper usage and care of an air conditioning unit to ensure you get the most out of your system. Below we have listed common mistakes homeowners make that can lead to increased utility bills and the need for AC repair services:

  • Ignoring regular AC maintenance
  • Lowering the thermostat too much
  • Neglecting air filters
  • Blocking AC vents
  • Ignoring early signs of trouble

Ignoring Regular AC Maintenance

It’s tempting to skip regular AC maintenance, especially when your system appears to be functioning well and you just don’t have the spare time to schedule that appointment. However, much like routine health checkups with your family doctor, regular AC maintenance is pivotal in detecting potential problems in their early stages and eliminating them right away.

During AC maintenance in Daniel Island, SC, our professionals tighten loose components, lubricate moving parts, clean coils, and check refrigerant levels among other things. Ignoring this vital service can lead to an inefficient system that consumes more energy to cool your home, leading to high utility bills. This will end up costing you more in the long run, even if you do not notice at first.

Lowering The Thermostat Too Much

Many believe that if they set their thermostat as low as possible on a hot summer day it will cool their home faster. In reality, this ends up forcing your unit to work harder, increasing energy consumption and raising utility bills. When you set the temperature very low like that, you are actually making your AC unit work longer and harder. This ends up causing it to consume more energy and increases the wear and tear on the unit, commonly leading to breakdowns happening sooner and higher utility bills.

Neglecting Air Filters

Air filters are a vital part of any AC unit as they work to trap dust, allergens, and other particulates to keep your indoor air clean. Over time, these particles build up on the filter, creating a blockage that restricts airflow. When the airflow is restricted, your AC system works harder to pump cool air, using more energy and causing undue strain on the system. This leads not only to higher energy bills but also to a potential increase in repair costs when parts inevitably start to fail prematurely.

Take the time to check your air filters and run to the local store to purchase a new one if you find that it is in need of replacement. Regularly replacing or cleaning air filters can significantly reduce your utility bills and extend the lifespan of your AC. Doing this may save you from needing AC repairs and AC replacement in Mount Pleasant, SC.

Blocking Air Conditioning Vents

Every homeowner wants the freedom to set up their home just the way they want, and you might not even notice that you have placed your couch right in front of the air vent. It might seem harmless to place furniture over vents or to close vents in unused rooms, but doing so can significantly disrupt your AC system’s balance. Blocked vents create pressure imbalances in the system, making it work harder to distribute air evenly throughout your home. This will transfer to higher energy bills and sometimes to costly repairs or even a system replacement in the future.

Ignoring Early Signs Of Trouble

Problems with your AC rarely appear out of the blue. Usually, there are warning signs, such as strange noises, inconsistent temperatures, foul smells, or an unexpected increase in your energy bills. Ignoring these early signs could allow minor issues to escalate into major ones. Timely AC repairs, when symptoms first appear, can prevent costly breakdowns and keep your system running efficiently, saving you money in the long term.

The Importance Of Preventative Air Conditioning Maintenance

Regular AC maintenance not only keeps your unit running smoothly, reducing the likelihood of unexpected breakdowns but it can also significantly lower utility bills. During AC maintenance in Mount Pleasant, SC, a technician will clean and check various components, ensuring they are operating at peak efficiency. They will also identify and rectify minor issues that could escalate into costly repairs if left unchecked.

Maintenance also extends the life of your AC unit, saving you money in the long run. Just as you wouldn’t run your car indefinitely without an oil change, you shouldn’t neglect your AC maintenance.

Call Anchor Heating & Air For AC Services!

Anchor Heating & Air offers quality AC maintenance and AC repair in Daniel Island, SC and surrounding areas to help homeowners stay cool and save money. Simple awareness and proactive measures can go a long way toward keeping your home comfortably cool while keeping utility bills in check. To avoid common AC mistakes and ensure the efficient performance of your air conditioning system, schedule an AC maintenance or AC repair in Mount Pleasant, SC with Anchor Heating & Air today!

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About The Author

Stephanie Postell

Stephanie is the Co-Owner and COO of Anchor Heating and Air and is a lifelong resident of Charleston, South Carolina. Stephanie and her husband David have over 30 years experience in heating and air conditioning.

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