An inefficient air conditioning system can be more than just a temperature problem. It can also start creating pain for a homeowner’s wallet too. When an AC system isn’t working right, the effect is felt multiple ways. Unfortunately, some of the problems that create inefficiency aren’t the type that can be easily fixed by a homeowner. They are inherent to the design of the AC’s thermostat and sensors, creating bad readings and then bad system responses.

There are Problems and Then There are System Problems

The most common problem with an AC not working well is usually associated with the filter. If the AC filtration is dirty and clogged, that will block the system from obtaining good air flow. A dirty filter makes the system work hard, which draws more power and charges from a utility account, but it produces less output. The double damage effect triggers a higher AC bill and lackluster cooling in the house. Changing out the filter regularly avoids this problem altogether.

Another issue causing inefficient cooling may be low freon pressure. While an AC system needs air and blowing power to move cooler air through the home, it’s the freon element that helps create the cold air effect. If the freon has leaked or is low in pressure, the output won’t be very cold. This problem is most often felt on hot days or when the AC has been running continuously for a long time. A repair or freon charge can reverse this issue.

System problems arise with bad sensors and a faulty thermostat. The typical AC uses a sensor that tracks the temperature in a common room. When the sensor sends a signal at a high enough temperature reading versus what the controller has, then the system kicks on and starts to cool the home again. Thermostats and connected sensors are notorious for bad readings as well as running with a break. One of the biggest changes people started taking advantage of with newer models involves the simple feature of scheduling changes for when people were at home versus away, reducing system use that was being wasted.

Smart Thermostats Can Be a Gamechanger for an AC

The technology behind a smart thermometer is associated with the Internet. A smart thermometer works just like a regular thermometer, controlling an HVAC system, air conditioner or heater. However, because of the Internet connection, it can also be managed remotely. That remote control can happen a couple of different ways.

For instance, when a person is on vacation, they might turn down the demand of the thermometer and the system because no one is in the home to enjoy the differences or the features. It also allows monitoring and tracking of usage to match the cost of a utility better with the use of the utility, which has now become a big concern for consumers who are finding their utility bills starting to increase.

Does an upgrade to a smart thermostat save money? Yes, they potentially do, because there’s more attention in regard to what’s going on with the use of the utility. People will be more likely to control their excessive use. The devices also take the guessing out AC use; installed correctly, smart thermostats can sense when people are in the residence and can manage operation accordingly, and then shut off when vacant. All of this can happen without the direct involvement of the user. The settings simply need to be programmed, and then the thermostat does the rest of the work, monitoring and operating.

Added Compatibility With Other Technology

Smart thermometers are also compatible with home grids, especially where homeowners want to implement an Internet of Things (IoT) household so that they’re able to control the system from a mobile device through remote control via the Internet or they want to be able to manage their system effectively. As a changing environment, this comes in very handy if the home may be changing residents from time to time, such as with an AirBNB or some type of periodic rental.

A smart thermostat upgrade makes a lot of sense when AC costs are high, and a professional installation is easy to order in most communities. If you’re tired of high utility bills, it’s time to get smart about how you manage your AC.