Costly Mistakes You Are Making With Your Air Conditioner
No matter what brand or type of system you have in your home, it is important to take proper care of it to not only keep your energy bills down, but to keep your equipment running properly long term. Keeping up with maintenance and proper care will help save your lungs and your wallet.
Not Cleaning or Replacing Filters
Let’s start with a simple task that often gets overlooked. “How long has it been since we changed the filter?” When you start to ask yourself that question, it’s probably been too long. Changing the filter regularly helps the efficiency of your system along with the quality of air you and your family are breathing in.
Setting the Thermostat Too Low
Who doesn’t enjoy a cold house during the warm summer months? But did you know that setting your thermostat higher than 72 will help you save money on your energy bill. Setting the thermostat too low, especially in high temperatures, can cause stress and overuse on the unit, along with higher monthly bills. Turn it up a few degrees and see the savings on your bill and efficiency of your system.
Not Utilizing Fans
When you have cool air circulating through your home, it takes some of the pressure off your AC unit. Using any kind of indoor fan to increase air flow will help keep your house cooler. Make sure to turn ceiling fans counterclockwise to promote greater air flow.
Cooling Empty Rooms
Think about the total amount of rooms in your home. Now think about the rooms you use. You are wasting a lot of energy by cooling rooms such as a guest bedroom that doesn’t get used frequently. Closing the vents in unused rooms will help save energy and keep the rooms you do use nice and cool.
Not Using Curtains or Blinds
One of the main sources of heat entering homes is through windows. During the summer months, it’s important to keep curtains or blinds closed on windows to limit the amount of sunlight that comes through the windows. It is also important to keep those windows closed especially when temperatures get hot. It will cause unnecessary stress on your system will have to work harder to keep your house cool.
Not Servicing Your System
A good rule of thumb is to have your air conditioner serviced at least once a year. The ideal time is spring or the start of summer so that it functions properly when you need it the most. Annual maintenance helps avoid sudden breakdowns and inspections can address any issues that may have occurred such as leaks.
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