Before the invention of air conditioning in 1902, people went to great lengths to stay cool. Those who lived near water could always go swimming; elsewhere, people were forced to make do with shade, fans, and drinks cooled by ice harvested during winter months. Today, many families have air conditioning in their homes. Air conditioning makes our homes and workplaces more pleasant and comfortable. Additionally, air conditioned spaces are healthier for the elderly and infirmed.
In warmer areas of the country, like Cleveland, air conditioning offers incredible advantages, but they come at a cost. The average well-insulated home will spend around $280 per year on air conditioning, making the air conditioner a significant consumer of utilities in most homes.
Potential Problems with Air Conditioning
The cost of operating a system can really add up, especially if it’s running constantly. Consequently, it is important to assure yourself that your unit is not consuming more power than it absolutely needs. There are a few different reasons why your air conditioner could be running constantly:
- Hot Weather / High Humidity
As the temperature and humidity increase, your system is forced to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. If excess humidity is a serious issue for your home, you can install a whole home dehumidifier.
- Clogged Filters
Clean filters offer little resistance to airflow. When filters get dirty, the added resistance puts more strain on your system. Replacing filters and cleaning the system should be part of your regular air conditioner maintenance.
- Faulty Components
Your air conditioning system is made of several components; a problem in any of these pieces can cause the system to fail prematurely. If your system needs repairs, you should contact a Cleveland air conditioning repair technician.
Problems with your Cleveland air conditioning system can do more than make your home uncomfortable; they can cost you money, on both your energy bill and repairs. P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling can help. Contact us to schedule a system inspection by a qualified technician. Air conditioning makes your life better. Take care of your system so it can take care of you.