A leaky air duct can triple the amount of your electricity bill

I’ve lived in the same home for ten years, and I’ve come to learn a lot about homeownership.

It’s been a humbling, yet fun experience. I’m glad that I’m able to teach my sons valuable skills that will come in handy when they own a home in the future. They love helping me repair stuff around the house and name all of the tools I used. What’s not fun is when they have to see you get frustrated when you don’t know how to fix something, like an air conditioner. Our air conditioner had worked fine for years, and all of a sudden our electricity bill was through the roof. We thought that maybe we had just been keeping the air conditioner on too cold, or running it too often. We updated our SMART thermostat to be programmed in keeping the temperature of the home at a higher temperature at all times. We made sure to close all doors leading outside to prevent air conditioning from escaping. I finally decided to call our a/c repairman because I could not figure out why our bill was so high. He found that our air ducts were getting old and started leaking, which causes the air conditioner to work harder than it needs to. I was so upset to find out that we were going to need to replace the entire HVAC system. However, I’m happy that I was able to show my sons what it looks like to ask for help when you need it. Sometimes we have to put our pride aside to make the best decisions for ourselves.

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