Summer is just a few weeks away, and in most places temperatures are already rising fast, which means it’s time to crank up the AC. But before you put your AC system into overdrive make sure to check out these ten air conditioning mistakes to avoid, so your AC unit can keep you cool all summer long, and be in great condition next year too.
How many of these air conditioning mistakes are you making?
Using the Wrong Sized Air Conditioner
Many homeowners want the biggest air conditioner they can find for optimal cooling, but bigger isn’t always better. An oversized AC unit will cycle on and off frequently leading to wasted energy, uncomfortable temperature changes, and unnecessary strain on your AC unit. Likewise, an AC unit that’s too small won’t have the power necessary to cool your home.
An experienced HVAC technician can help you choose the AC system that’s just right for your home.
Turning the Temperature Way Down
If you’ve ever come home and wanted to feel cooler instantly, you’ve probably tried setting your AC thermostat way lower than your usual comfortable temperature. If that sounds familiar, then it’s important to know that turning the temperature way down doesn’t cool your home faster.
While setting the temperature drastically low won’t cool your home faster, it will put unnecessary strain on your AC unit and waste energy. Plus, there’s the big possibility that you’ll forget to adjust the thermostat, which means an increased electricity bill.
Not Paying Attention to Placement
Both the positioning of your outdoor unit and your thermostat have an impact on your AC system’s efficiency, energy conservation, and on electricity bill savings.
For maximum performance, you should avoid installing your outdoor unit in direct sunlight. Likewise, thermostats shouldn’t be placed near any sources of heat, as that can trick your AC system into thinking your home is warmer than it is.
Skipping Out on AC Tune-ups and Annual HVAC Maintenance
No one wants to deal with costly repairs or replacements, and one of the best ways to avoid them is by staying on top of your AC tune-ups and yearly HVAC Maintenance. Routine maintenance and tune-ups with an HVAC expert ensure that your AC runs optimally and lasts longer, and it’s how you fix problems before they turn into huge headaches.
During routine maintenance, your HVAC expert will cover everything from checking for issues to cleaning your fins and coils, so you don’t have to worry about dealing with reduced efficiency and unwanted costs.
Not Changing Air Filters
It can be easy to forget to change your air filters or consider it an unimportant task, but if you’re not consistently changing your air filters you not only jeopardize the functionality of your AC system, but you also create poor indoor air quality in your home.
Staying consistent with changing your air filter leads to more energy efficiency, a longer lifespan for your HVAC system, and even lower energy costs.
Running Your AC Unit 24/7
Everyone wants to save on energy costs, but often once the AC unit is turned on for the summer, it can tend to stay running all the time, which is a huge waste of energy. Turning your AC unit thermostat up when no one is at home can reduce the toll on your system, enhance your energy conservation, and help you cash in on energy savings.
One of the best and easiest ways to ensure your AC unit isn’t running when it doesn’t have to be is by using a programmable thermostat. With a programmable thermostat, you can set your AC system to turn off or to low cooling settings during times when your home is usually empty, and turn back on when people are expected to be around.
Allowing Your AC Unit to Become Obstructed
Even if you pick the perfect spot for your AC unit when you have it installed, over time it’s easy for it to become obstructed with branches, leaves, and other objects that keep your AC unit from performing optimally. Even if you want to hide your outdoor AC unit to boost curb appeal, it’s essential to do so in ways that don’t obstruct your system.
Not Using Fans
All fans can help reduce the strain on your AC unit, but ceiling fans work especially well for this. So if you have fans that you aren’t using, you’re missing out on the opportunity to take some burden off of your AC system.
Fans help circulate the air in your home and keep temperatures cooler, but remember to have them spinning counterclockwise during the summer.
Waiting Too Long to Replace Your AC Unit
We don’t blame you for wanting to get the most out of your AC unit, but an old AC system will be inefficient, and replacing it with a new highly efficient unit can save you 20-40% on cooling costs.
Ignoring Small Problems
For most people summer is a busy time and it can be easy to overlook seemingly minor problems with your AC unit, but these small issues like strange smells or sounds can lead to costly repairs and higher electricity bills.
To avoid small problems turning into costly repairs or replacements, call an HVAC pro as soon as you notice anything wrong.
To keep your AC unit running optimally this summer and beyond, contact AirXperts for more information on air conditioning mistakes and to schedule an AC tune-up today!