Summer is almost here, and that means it’ll be time to start cranking up the air conditioner in your home. While it’s natural to see a spike in your electricity bills during the summer, it’s important to make sure you aren’t wasting energy unknowingly. Often times, energy and cool air is lost in the home in a number of different ways, placing a greater load on the air conditioner to keep the home comfortable and leading to higher electricity bills.
Here are 3 factors that could be causing your AC to work harder than it should:
- Old windows—While your windows let in light, they can also be a weak spot in your home’s energy efficiency. If you have old, single-pane windows, you can bet that outside heat is getting into your home, causing your AC to have to work harder to keep your house cool. According to ENERGY STAR, upgrading old windows in your home to the newer energy efficient windows can save you up to 15% on your energy bills.
- Leaky doors—Sealing air leaks around your home, particularly at your doors, can save you 10% each year on your electric bills. If air is escaping through your doors, you may need to caulk gaps around the trim, install new weatherstripping, or even replace your door altogether.
- Poor insulation—About 2/3 of all homes are under-insulated. That means more hot air is getting into your house during the summer, forcing your AC to work harder and driving up your energy bills. Have your insulation checked by a professional to ensure it’s at the proper levels.