Avoid Top 8 Mistakes

Avoid Top 8 Mistakes

Here are eight of the most common mistakes people make when it comes to home AC, and some simple adjustments that can save your lungs and wallet.
You’re Not Changing or Cleaning Your AC Filters

1 -How often should you clean your filters?
As often as once a month if your system is running all the time, but generally every three months.
A dirty filter can lead to poor air flow or freezing up of your unit’s evaporator coil. A filthy filter could add 5% to 15% to your AC bill, and will shorten the lifespan of your whole system.

2 - You’re Not Having Your System Serviced Annually
Getting your units professionally cleaned and serviced annually can improve performance efficiency and also the life of your unit. Just like servicing your cars to help prevent failure, servicing your air conditioning does give benefit.

3 - You Don’t Have a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat can save you hundreds on your annual AC bill by automatically raising the temp at those times of day when you’re at work or away from home. Newer phone-controllable “smart” thermostats make programming even simpler. Often it’s more economical to keep your home climate at a few degrees above the desired when you are not at home, but not have it turned off. This means when you arrive home on a summers day or winters night, your system doesn’t have to work furiously hard at high energy cost to get your home to the right temperature. It only has to moderate it a few degrees.

4 - You’re Setting Your Thermostat Too Low
As you move into new seasons your body has the ability to adjust to the new temperatures naturally. Generally over a few weeks.. For every extra degree you raise the temperature you can cut up to 3% off your AC—it’s worth sweating through that adjustment period and setting your thermostat somewhere in the mid 20’s rather than 20.

5 - You’re Not Taking Full Advantage of Fans
Any type of fan, but especially ceiling fans, can help keep cool air circulating throughout your home. That removes some of the burden from your AC system. Just be sure your ceiling fans are turning counter clockwise during the summer, which promotes greater air flow.

6 - You’re Thermostat and/or Vents Are Poorly Positioned
If you AC thermostat has a blocked area by which it is trying to read the correct temperature it may be unnecessarily instructed the base unit to work more when the predominant space is already at temperature.

7 - You’re Cooling Empty Rooms
If you have a vented system in your home transferring cooled air into other rooms for whole house comfort, if there are rooms not in use, shutting off the vents to those areas will help the workload on your AC system. Also shutting wardrobe doors saves extra space being cooled.

8 - You Don’t Have Blinds Or Curtains
Blocking out the suns heat when you are cooling a room makes the AC work a lot less and will save you on your power bill. Drawing curtains or blinds where you are able to to limit the external heat coming in and working against the AC will make a difference.