When temps even out in Lake Forest, the last thing you want to have to worry about is sustaining a comfortable home. Ideally, it would be mindless and you'd be hanging out on the couch soaking in the comfy environment of your home and not thinking twice about what's going on outside. Of course it may not be that straightforward, and there are a few things that could be occurring in your home that could end up with you scheduling air conditioner repair or trying to decipher why your bill is so high.
There are a variety of causes for a surge in your energy costs, but these are three of the more common ones we typically hear about at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc..
- Air is getting out through the glass of your windows - when air touches the glass on your windows, that air loses some of its heat. To help reduce the effect that the glass has on your comfy home, make sure you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows receiving light during the day.
- Lack of attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it lacks insulation. Of course this means you could be losing cool air through your attic, which as a result makes your air conditioner work harder, and could eventually lead to the need for air conditioner repair. You can easily take a look and see if you have enough insulation by looking in your attic to see if the insulation is below or even with the joists. If it is, you may 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 situation. 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 could make your air conditioner run more, potentially increasing the chance that you'll need air conditioner repair.
We hope these few tips can help you identify any problem-spaces in your home that could be inhibiting 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 ring at 949-204-0859 or arrange an appointment with us online.