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My Electricity Bill is High — Is Something Wrong?

Surprises can be fun, but a high electric bill is not. Month to month, your electric bill probably looks about the same, so when you see that number jump, it can be cause for alarm. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep more money in your pocket in the months to come.

Why Your Electricity Bills Are Higher Than Normal

Check out these issues to get to the bottom of your high electricity bill.

Potential Issues

  • high electricity bills
  • pockets of cold air

Your home's structure is designed to retain warmth and keep out the cold (and vice versa, depending on the season). You may have gaps in areas where gas and electric lines pass through the exterior walls. Cold air will find its way in through these small crevices, like improperly sealed windows, doors, and outlet covers. This can impact your comfort in the home, and your energy bills.

  • furnace is blowing cold air
  • puddle around the indoor air conditioning unit
  • high electricity bills
  • pockets of cold air

A duct system consists of a series of tubes in the walls, floors, and ceilings that run through your home. Sealing and insulating ductwork prevents leaks and keeps the air warm or cool (depending on season) while it makes the journey to your vents. This means your HVAC system doesn't have to work overtime to keep up with the thermostat, which is better for the planet and your wallet. Since air follows the path of least resistance, it's also important to make sure no ducts are squeezed or damaged. Any of these situations can cause high energy bills and an uncomfortable home!

  • high electricity bills
  • ice is forming on the air conditioning unit
  • not reaching temperature set on thermostat

TXV is short for thermostatic expansion valve. It is the part in your air conditioning system that is responsible for maintaining a steady flow of refrigerant to the evaporator using a sensing bulb — critical to keep you cool. In most cases, the TXV fails because the sensing bulb has lost its charge.

  • indoor allergens
  • puddle around the indoor air conditioning unit
  • high electricity bills
  • whistling noise from the ductwork
  • pockets of cold air

A well-designed AC system should provide a consistent temperature between rooms. Each room in your home has specific airflow needs that are calculated in CFM (cubic feet per minute). If your air ducts are leaking, each room is not getting the proper CFM of airflow. Cool air will escape through the leak, which means that your AC will need to run longer, raising energy bills to meet the demands of each room.

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