You rely on your air conditioner to keep your home comfortable throughout the year. Even a minor mistake can have a big impact on your air conditioner’s performance, and your home comfort. That’s why it’s important to know the most common air conditioning mistakes that homeowners make and how to avoid them.
Are You Making Any of These Air Conditioning Mistakes?
Here are some of the most common air conditioning mistakes you should avoid.
1) The air conditioning unit is not the correct size for your home.
If your air conditioning unit is too small for your home, it will not have enough cooling power. Professionals will measure your house and make sure you get the correct size air conditioner; your next door neighbor might not! An oversized air conditioner will continually cycle off and on, causing uncomfortable changes in temperature and unnecessary wear and tear on your system. A qualified HVAC contractor can help you determine the correct size air conditioner for your home.
2) Your outdoor unit isn’t positioned correctly.
Where your outdoor air conditioning unit is located makes a big difference in its energy use. Installing your unit in direct sunlight causes it to work harder to keep your home cool. Your air conditioner should be positioned in the shade to maximize its energy efficiency. The indoor thermostat should be placed away from any sources of heat, such as windows that let in warm sunlight.
3) You always leave your air conditioner running.
Leaving your air conditioner running 24/7 will cool your home, but will also waste energy. Turn your thermostat up when you are going to be away from home. It will not take long to cool back down after you return. Most thermostats come with a programmable schedule, use this to your advantage to save money! A programmable thermostat is an even better way to manage your cooling needs. With a programmable thermostat, you will not have to remember to adjust the temperature every day. You can “set it and forget it.” Program it to turn your air conditioner off when you are away from home, and turn it on just before you return. With a “smart” thermostat, you can even adjust the temperature from your phone. It’s a smart investment that can save up to 10% on cooling costs every year.
4) You are not changing your air filters regularly.
Changing your air filters is an easy task to overlook, but it’s an essential part of maintaining your air conditioning system. Dirty filters create poor indoor air quality, which can lead to health problems. Neglecting your filters can also lead to higher energy bills. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve your air conditioner’s energy use. Air filters should be changed once a month.
5) You’re not using ceiling fans.
Ceiling fans keep the air circulating throughout your home and can lower the burden on your air conditioning system. In warm weather, make sure your ceiling fans are spinning counterclockwise to promote the best airflow. Close your curtains and blinds to block the sun’s heat.
6) You’re leaving your windows open.
Opening your windows lets warm air enter your home from outside, and lets cold air escape. Your air conditioner will work harder and waste energy. If you’re running your air conditioner, keep your windows closed.
7) You haven’t scheduled annual air conditioning service.
Your air conditioner needs routine maintenance to keep it running at optimal levels. Have your system inspected to address potential problems before more costly repairs are needed. You should have your HVAC system serviced each year to ensure it’s performing at its best.
If you have additional questions or are ready to schedule your air conditioning service, please contact us today.