When the temperature mellows in Des Moines, the last thing you want to have to think about is keeping a comfortable home. In an ideal world, it would be mindless and you'd be relaxing on the couch soaking in the comfy environment of your home and not thinking twice about what's happening outside. Of course it may not be that easy, and there are a few things that could be occurring in your home that could end up with you setting up air conditioner repair or trying to decipher why your bill is so high.
There are a number of causes for an uptick in your energy bill, but these are three of the more common ones we normally hear about at Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling.
- Air is getting out through the glass of your windows - when air contacts the glass on your windows, that air loses some of its heat. To help decrease the effect that the glass has on your comfortable home, be certain that you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows getting light during the day.
- Insufficient attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it lacks insulation. Of course this means you may be losing cool air through your attic, which in-turn makes your air conditioner work harder, and may eventually lead to the need for air conditioner repair. You can easily look to see if you have plenty of insulation by looking in your attic to see if the insulation is below or even with the joists. If it is, you likely need more insulation.
- Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more obvious and visible to the naked eye or big enough to feel drafts sneaking in, but sometimes that may not be the case. Take a closer look at all of your windows and doors to decide whether you need to add weather stripping to take care of those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps may make your air conditioner work harder, potentially increasing the chance that you'll need air conditioner repair.
We hope these three tips can help you discover any problem-spaces in your home that could be hurting the comfort of your home. If you have any questions about air conditioners, air conditioner repair, or any number of other things related to heating or cooling your home, give us a call at 515-207-6569 or set up an appointment with us online.