How to Save Money on Home Cooling

Nov 19, 2021

Your air conditioning system is responsible for delivering cool air throughout your home. Thankfully, a typical HVAC system will last around 15 years before it needs to be replaced. However, it’s made up of several components that can break down along the way and shorten its lifespan. Unfortunately, catching these issues isn’t always as easy as your unit shutting off.

Sometimes symptoms pop up around or inside your home that can signal the need for repairs. So, how do you know if your AC is doing its job correctly? Our experts at Hobson AC have the answers. Keep reading to find out ways to be sure your AC is maximizing its efficiency.

To schedule an AC inspection with our experts, call us today at (817) 341-5142. 

3 Common Signs Your AC Isn’t Working Correctly

If you notice these common signs your AC isn’t working correctly, you should call a professional HVAC technician to inspect and repair or replace your system:

  • Warm air
  • Irregular cooling cycles
  • Foul odors

Warm Air

Warm air can mean several things in the AC world. While it may be an easy repair like restoring your fan or fixing thermostat functions, it can also signal the need for serious repairs like managing refrigerant leaks and electrical wiring in your HVAC system. Serious issues should be handled by professionals because electricity and chemicals are dangerous and can be deadly.

Irregular Cooling Cycles

The size of your unit can impact its cooling cycles. While an AC unit being too small for a room or home is a problem, one that is too big also causes issues. A unit that is too large for your home will shut off before a full cooling cycle is up because it reaches the intended temperature too quickly. This allows the room to heat back up before the next cooling cycle starts.

Irregular cooling cycles can also be due to a safety feature on your unit. A modern HVAC system may cut a cooling cycle if it detects voltage that is too high, in order to protect you and your family from electrical fires. Window air conditioners are often sold in 110-volt models, while central air systems need double the power to operate. 

Foul Odors

Depending on which strange smells your AC unit is emitting, it can mean different issues. Musty odors that have a hint of woodiness often signal mold or mildew growing in your unit, while a dirty sock smell likely indicates the need for a filter change. However, some odors can be dangerous, like a gas smell.

If you smell gas in your home or coming from your air conditioning system, you should open as many windows as you can and quickly call your local fire department to inspect your home for a potential gas leak. Gas leaks can poison humans and animals and cause fires in your home.

Trust Hobson AC With Your AC Repairs and Replacements

At Hobson AC, we understand the strange symptoms your HVAC system may be experiencing. Our qualified team can handle any of your AC repair or replacement needs. Serving the Weatherford area since 1962, we are leading experts in the HVAC industry.

Call our team of professionals to schedule your appointment today at (817) 341-5142. 

Saving on Cooling Costs

It can be alarming getting that first energy bill after using your AC each year. Although advancements in technology have allowed newer systems to be much more energy-efficient, air conditioners are still major energy consumers.

There are many strategies, some more effective than others, that can help save money over the summer while still keeping you comfortable.

Preventative Maintenance

One of the most effective ways to cut down on energy is to improve the efficiency of your air conditioning system.

Have you changed or cleaned your air filters recently? Dirty filters are a common culprit of reduced efficiency. When dust and debris collect in the filter, it gets clogged and hinders airflow. This makes your air conditioner work harder, costing you more money in energy costs.

While you’re cleaning your air filters, wipe down your outside unit as well (after you’ve turned it off) and clear out any debris that may be blocking airflow. This will also help improve efficiency for your system!

Getting your AC tuned up every season is also crucial for achieving peak performance and efficiency. Not only does a tune-up help your system start the season out at an optimal level, but you’ll prevent sudden issues that could cost you more money to fix down the road.

Behavioral Changes

Some of the techniques for reducing cooling costs have nothing to do with your air conditioning! Reducing heat-related activities will keep your home temperature down, and therefore reduce the need for the AC to constantly run.

If you love cooking, try using the grill as much as you can. Or, use smaller appliances like a slow cooker, toaster oven, or air fryer instead of an oven. Keep your blinds and curtains closed as much as you can, too, since the sun will warm your home very quickly.

In terms of your thermostat, it can be difficult to know what the best temperature is. Whatever you have on now, try turning it up a few degrees. If it gets a bit stuffy, use some fans to make it feel cooler. Fans won’t change the temperature, but the movement of air will certainly make you feel better.

Structural Changes

If you’re looking to improve your air conditioning efficiency, you can’t go wrong with upgrading to a new unit. Every year, the latest models improve on years past in all aspects — efficiency, performance, noise, and lifespan.

If your AC is over 10 years old, you are probably wasting money on an inefficient system. Plus, around this time is when units start to fail, and you don’t want to be stuck without an AC if something goes wrong.

Another way to reduce your air conditioning costs is by switching over to a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats take the guesswork and manual labor out of managing your thermostat. If you’re still working with an analog thermostat, it can be hard to get an exact and accurate temperature reading. Therefore, you’re likely to program the temperature to be lower than needed, which will cost you more.

A smart thermostat is a digital thermostat that you can control from your smartphone or internet-connected device. The gadget will learn your habits and adjust the temperature accordingly. You can also program the device to raise or lower the temperature when you leave for work every day. These automatic settings help your home remain at a precise temperature and reduce your cooling costs.

Industry-Leading Air Conditioning Repair & Replacement

Hobson AC is a family-run business that is here to help keep you cool all summer. Whether you want to upgrade your AC or switch to a smart thermostat, our team is on your side. Contact us today at (817) 341-5142 to learn more and make an appointment.

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