There’s more to an air conditioner than just turning it on when it gets too hot. Not many people know how to use an air conditioner efficiently, which ends up costing you more with each energy bill and eventual repair bills down the road. In order to prevent paying more to run your air conditioner, avoid making these common AC mistakes.
- Not Changing Air Filters – Air filters should be changed roughly once per month (or less frequently if they are of a higher quality). Air filters remove dust from the air and allow you to breathe clean air. Failing to change these filters will result in poor air quality and a system that has to work harder, adding wear and tear to the unit.
- Holding Onto Your Old Thermostat – Using an out of date thermostat can hurt your wallet and your comfort level. Old thermostats can inaccurately read temperature levels, causing the system to turn on and off when it doesn’t need to be. Refusing to upgrade to a programmable thermostat will also prevent you from setting different temperatures throughout the day.
- Setting the Temperature Too Low – There’s no reason to set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower. By setting the temperature between 73 and 78 degrees, you’ll not only remain comfortable but you’ll also save a nice chunk on your energy bill at the end of the month.
- Blocking of the Vents – There are many air ducts in homes that are located on floors and the lower portions of the wall. Make sure all air vents remain unobstructed and aren’t ever covered or blocked by furniture. This will limit air circulation and cause your home to be warmer than it should be.
- Skipping Out on Annual Service – Your cooling system should be serviced each and every year — usually in the spring before it’s used for the very first time. An annual inspection can identify any repairs that need to be made to make sure it doesn’t break down (which commonly happen during heat waves). If you haven’t had yours serviced this year, you better run over to the phone — now!
Knowing all of the most common AC mistakes can help you prevent making any of them, which will help keep your home comfortable and money in your wallet. When you need HVAC maintenance or repair, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.