As with everything in homeownership, there are bad, good, and best ways to do things. Most homeowners are content with doing things “just good enough” while some strive to do things the best that they can. Today we look at some of the “bad” things you could do with your air conditioning as summer rolls into its hottest days of the year. Make sure that you’re avoiding these air conditioning mistakes that could cause you to need AC repair.
1. Not Changing the Air Conditioner’s Filter Regularly
Changing out your air conditioner’s filters is one of the easiest things you can do for maintaining your system. You don’t even need an AC repair serviceman to help you with that part. The general recommendation is to change out your air conditioning filters at least once every three months – or more, if your unit is running nearly non-stop.
Forgetting or neglecting to change the filters can lead to poor air flow (increased AC energy usage), the freezing of the AC’s evaporator coil (requiring AC repair), and can shorten the lifespan of your unit. AC filters are relatively cheap and can help in reducing your AC bill, too.
2. Not Having Your AC Serviced Regularly (at Least Once a Year)
Having your air conditioning serviced at least once a year allows a professional AC technician go through all the checks and balances to make sure your unit is working efficiently and that nothing is broken down. Without a technician to help out, your unit might be running less efficiently (and costing you more money in the long run) or a component within your system is about to break which will cost even more in AC repair bills.
It’s worth taking the time to schedule an annual AC servicing so that a professional technician can make sure your entire unit is working effectively.
3. Not Having a Programmable Thermostat (and Placed In the Wrong Spot)
Programmable thermostats are practically the “base standard” for homes these days. If you don’t have one, you may very well be throwing money out the window because without a programmable thermostat, you can’t regulate what times the air conditioning is running.
It’s also important to have the programmable thermostat installed out of direct sunlight (at any point in the day), otherwise your system may not run as accurately.
4. Setting Your Thermostat Too Low
Although it might feel great to set your thermostat really low during the summer, you can cut a small but notable amount off your air conditioning bill simply by raising the AC’s cooling temperature a couple of degrees. Often times the humidity is what bothers us more than the temperature, and running the AC can help to filter out the humidity in the home even if it’s “warmer” than you think you might normally like.
5. Spending Energy to Cool Rooms You Never Use
If you have rooms in your home that you’re not regularly using, you should close the vents to help the air conditioning system circulate the air into rooms you are using. Otherwise you end up raising your AC bill just to cool a room nobody is actually in.
Contact us today to learn more about air conditioning tips or schedule an appointment with us if you need urgent AC repair during these warm summer days!