Common A/C Mistakes you could avoid
- Buying the wrong size A/C unit
Many people think that they can both buy an A/C that is too small to save money or buy one that is too big and cool the home down faster. Neither of these are good options. It is very important that the A/C you use is made to fit your home. An A/C that is too small will cause it to run constantly. An A/C that is too big will cycle on and off very quickly which is also not ideal for efficiency and cost effectiveness.
- Cooling an empty room
If you have rooms that aren’t currently being used, close the vents! This is a quick way to make sure you’re not cooling part of your home that doesn’t need to be cooled down.
- Putting in A/C unit in direct sunlight
Whenever the sun beams straight down on you’re A/C you can cause it to run slower because it is overheating outside of your home. If you already have the A/C unit positioned in a spot that will get direct sunlight, consider making sure there is something there to block the sun from your A/C unit.
- Poorly positioning the thermostat and vents
Do not put your thermostat near direct sunlight or near heat producing lights. This can cause the system to think that’s the room temperature is hotter than it really is, resulting in it running more and more often. Also, don’t block vents with furniture. This is something that people don’t always think about but can decrease the productivity of you’re A/C system. By placing furniture above where your vents are, the incoming air has no way to circulate the room and will leave just a part of the room cooler than the whole space.
- Setting the thermostat too low
In a new home, it may be strange to get used to the thermostat. By setting your thermostat up one degree will make about a 3% change in your electric bill. Most people feel comfortable in a room with a higher temperature when a fan is running. Consider turning on your fan instead of turning down the air the next time your hot inside your home.
- Not using fans
Fans are a cost-effective way to use less-electricity. While fans use electricity, because it isn’t trying to regulate the room like an A/C unit, it doesn’t have to work as hard. Try turning up the thermostat and kicking the fan up a notch too!
- Leaving windows open
Whenever you leave a window open in your home, the A/C unit must work overtime because the cool air that is being released is escaping the home. Make sure to get into the habit of closing the windows when you are running the A/C to prevent this issue.
- Neglecting to clean filters
Air filters are important to the air quality of your home. Neglecting to clean them will cause you to have excess debris particles being sent back out into the clean air that you’re breathing. By changing this one inexpensive item, you will increase the quality of the air inside your home.
- Not cleaning the coils
Not cleaning the coils will cause you’re A/C to have inadequate air flow in your home.
- Forgetting routine maintenance
Make sure to have all routine maintenance done on you’re A/C unit. This should also happen as part of your home inspection when you first buy your home. But making sure that everything is okay could save you money in the future.
- Never calling a professional
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