Justice Incorporated Blog : Archive for August, 2017

If I Close Room Vents, Will This Cuts Down on Cooling Costs?

Monday, August 21st, 2017

room-ventSometimes, it seems as if our hot weather will never take a break. August signals the tail end of summer, but it’s the “dog days,” and that often means streaks of days that are 90°F and above in Texas. And if you’re starting to grow wearied of seeing high air conditioning bills, you may take the step of closing the metal shutters of some of the room vents. It means less air used in cooling down the house, so won’t that save money on your bills?

The short answer is: No, it won’t.

And the slightly longer answer is: No it won’t, and it may cost you more—including repairs for damage your air conditioner will suffer! (more…)

High AC Bills in Summer: Are Leaky Ducts the Problem?

Monday, August 7th, 2017

duct-sealing-with-caulkingHave you looked over your recent utility bills and thought the electrical costs seemed a bit—well, extreme? During summer, the air conditioner is responsible for a large percentage of a home’s monthly electrical costs, so it’s a high probability the AC is behind the spike in your bills.

If you’ve used your air conditioner more than usual—for example, if you’ve had guests at your home, or you’ve been staying home more during the day—then this may account for the costs increase. But if you haven’t used the AC more than normal, there may be a malfunction somewhere in the HVAC system that’s placing extra strain on the air conditioner’s components. We’re going to look at one of possible sources of higher AC bills: leaks in the ductwork. (more…)