Due to increasing world temperatures, several states in the Northwest have experienced warmer summers in the last decade. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that all 48 states experienced an increase of 0.15°F per decade since 1901. The EPA adds that the US has been warming faster than the rest of the world since 1970.
What do these estimates mean for the average American family?
Hotter Summers Drives Air Conditioning Use
Global warming is making summers hotter than ever. The warmer temperature drives households to use air conditioning units round-the-clock. Missouri residents are familiar with this practice. They, especially those who live in St. Louis, have experienced several heat waves in the past century with the most recent one in 2012.
Everything is fine and dandy when AC’s are in good condition; but when they’re not, Missouri residents endure sweltering days and repair bills, to boot. AC’s that do work but are poorly maintained are no better as they increase energy consumption and drive electricity bills through the roof.
Maintenance Saves Energy
Many overlook maintenance for appliances that are out of sight, including air conditioning units. This is a problem because lack of maintenance makes AC breakdowns inevitable. Even if the unit keeps functioning, it’s likely to be inefficient in consuming energy. It will use more electricity than necessary.
For the residents of St. Louis, prompt air conditioning repair and periodic maintenance enable them to save energy and reduce electricity bills. According to studies, maintenance of chiller components can reduce energy consumption and increase savings by up to 40 percent.
It’s the Comfort that Matters
Electricity costs aside, maintaining AC units is about ensuring the family’s health and comfort, especially during the warm season. An extended unit life and the savings on repair and electricity bills are cherries on top.