Top Ten Mistakes We Make with Our Air Conditioners
Are you guilty of any of these common mistakes?
Number 1: Buying Too Big an Air Conditioner
Many people are inclined to get a bigger air conditioner, assuming it will make the home colder more quickly. However, many don’t know that an oversized air conditioner won’t generate uniform temperatures or reduce humidity. It will also run inefficiently by cycling on and off quickly. Of course, a unit may also be too small to properly cool the space. Contact Climate Control Experts to get an Expert Assessment.
Number 2: Putting the Air Conditioner in a Hot Spot
It makes sense to put the air conditioners in an unused spot, but if that spot is on the south or west side of the house, don’t even think about it. Such placement makes the unit work too hard. You want to install the air conditioner in a shady spot on the east or north sides of your home. There it won’t receive so much direct sunlight.
Number 3: Hiding the Air Conditioner
I know we want our homes to look nice and we will try to hide the air conditioner behind bushes and plants but always make sure the shrubs or other plants are not right up against the unit. You want to be sure they will not clog the condenser coils or hinder ventilation which in turn makes the air conditioner run less efficiently.
Number 4: Ignoring Maintenance
Many homeowners ignore basic maintenance because air conditioners are seemingly self- sufficient, however even the most basic maintenance can help improve efficiency and comfort, also helps to extend the life of the air conditioner. Clean or replace filters every month, and check and clean the evaporator coil once a year. Call Climate Control Experts to get scheduled for maintenance today!
Number 5: Leaving the Air Conditioner Running All Day
Instead of leaving your air conditioner running all day long while you’re not home, have a programmable thermostat or individual unit timer installed so you can start cooling off the house before you get home. This is more efficient and even cheaper than leaving the air conditioner running all day.
Number 6: Blindly Closing Unused Vents
If you ask around, everyone has an opinion about which rooms need air conditioning, but only you know what rooms in your house you want cool. You will want to consult with an Expert to make sure you are not decreasing the efficiency, also be careful not to close off any rooms with a thermostat.
Number 7: Turning the Temperature Way Down
Don’t set the thermostat down way past your desired temperature just to get the air lower faster. Your unit will cool your home at the same rate, no matter how low the temperature on the thermostat is set. All this will do is cause the air conditioner to go past your desired temperature and waste even more energy getting a temperature that you’re not even comfortable in.
Number 8: Heating Up the Thermostat
Always be sure to keep stereos, televisions, lamps and other heat generators away from the thermostat so that the heat that they radiate doesn’t drive up the thermostats temperature reading and make the air conditioner work harder than needed.
Number 9: Not Using Ceiling Fans or Running Them Backwards
Just because you turned on your air conditioner does not mean you should turn off your ceiling fans. You should be using them together. Energy Star recommends ensuring the fan is switched to push air downward. The downward airflow creates a wind chill effect which makes you feel cooler.
Number 10: Using the Wrong Fans
Kitchen exhaust fans and exhaust fans in the bathroom can push cool, conditioned air out of the house, completely defeating what you’re trying to do, cool your home down. Only use them when necessary during the summertime heat.
With these tips and tricks, there’s no reason your home should ever be uncomfortable in the summertime. For maintenance, repairs, or a consultation for a new system, be sure to call Climate Control Experts!