When the temperature mellows in Manassas, the last thing you want to have to worry about is maintaining a comfortable home. In an ideal world, it would be mindless and you'd be hanging out on the couch taking in the coziness of your home and not thinking twice about what's going on 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 scheduling air conditioner repair or trying to decipher why your bill is so high.
There are a host of causes for an increase in your energy expenses, but these are three of the more common ones we normally hear about at Air-Right Energy Design, 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 doesn't have enough insulation. Of course this means you might be losing cool air through your attic, which in-turn makes your air conditioner work harder, and might eventually lead to the need for air conditioner repair. You can easily take a look and see if you have the right amount of insulation by looking in your attic to see if the insulation is below or even with the joists. If it is, you probably need more insulation.
- Gaps in windows and doors - sometimes these gaps are more apparent and visible to the naked eye or large enough to feel drafts coming in, but sometimes that may not be what's happening. Take a closer look at all of your windows and doors to determine whether you need to add weather stripping to close up those gaps. Just like it is with attic insulation, window and door gaps can 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 ring at 703-260-1148 or arrange an appointment with us online.