When it cools off in Erie, the last thing you want to have to think about is maintaining a comfortable home. Ideally, 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 couple things that could be occurring in your home that could end up with you setting up air conditioner repair or trying to determine why your bill is so high.
There are a variety of causes for an increase in your energy bill, but these are three of the more common ones we typically hear about at Patterson & Stirling Inc.
- 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 lessen the effect that the glass has on your cozy home, be sure you're closing your drapes during the evening hours and only opening drapes on windows that get light during the day.
- Lack of attic insulation - if your home is older, there's a chance that it has an insufficient amount of insulation. Of course this means you may be losing cool air through your attic, which then makes your air conditioner work harder, and may eventually lead to the need for air conditioner repair. You can easily check 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 likely need more insulation.
- Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more apparent and visible to the naked eye or big enough to feel drafts coming in, but sometimes that may not be the situation. Take a closer look at all of your windows and doors to figure out 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 work more than it needs to, 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 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 call at 814-308-0416 or schedule an appointment with us online.