Believe it or not, there is a right and a wrong way to run your air conditioner. Many people make some common mistakes without realizing they are actually causing harm to their AC unit. Knowing the right way to do things can save you the hassle of having to pay for costly repairs in the future. Here are a few common mistakes to avoid when it comes to your AC unit this year.
Not Utilizing a Ceiling Fan
A ceiling fan can be a big help when cooling your home. It helps to improve the efficiency of your AC unit by circulating the cold air throughout the room. While a ceiling fan itself won’t lower the temperature, it will help in distributing cool air throughout the room. If you have a ceiling fan, use it to your advantage.
Upgrade Old Thermostats
Older thermostats can negatively impact your home. Newer programmable thermostats improve energy efficiency and help lower monthly energy costs to save you money in the long run. You can set the thermostat to higher temperatures when away from home and lower temperatures for times of the day when you know you will be inside the house resting or relaxing. Spending money up front to upgrade to a programmable or even Wi-Fi thermostat will pay for itself over time with monthly energy savings.
Ignoring Air Quality
Staying cool is usually the first thing in your mind in the summer. But if you only focus on keeping cool and ignore air quality, you could be damaging both your health and your AC unit. The air you breathe is important to your health all year round. Humid air or air is filled with dust and debris can lead to wheezing, coughing, or increased allergies. Not changing your air filter regularly or cleaning your vents can pollute the air you breathe as well as make your AC unit work harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Replacing the air filter often and cleaning out ductwork are both great ways to improve your home’s air quality and your AC unit’s efficiency.
Skipping Yearly Maintenance
If you feel your AC unit is working great, it can be easy to think that skipping your yearly maintenance time up is no big deal. But while everything seems fine now, there can be underlying problems that will turn into larger problems if not caught in time. Avoid costly repairs with an annual maintenance inspection. An AC repair technician will check your unit for signs of wear and tear and make any necessary repairs. They will thoroughly inspect the system inside and out so you can have peace of mind that your AC unit will function optimally all season long. Don’t let summer pass you by without scheduling AC maintenance. Set a reminder and schedule an appointment with your local AC repair professionals at Comfort Experts. We are happy to help keep your AC unit functioning in tip-top shape all season long.