Temperatures around our parts have slowly but surely started warming up, to the point that soon enough we’ll need our air conditioners on a daily basis. Think about last summer. What would have done without an air conditioner in June and July? While it might be livable, it’s certainly not comfortable to go without efficient and effective cooling.
Therefore, we urge you to take proper care of your air conditioner. There are many ways to properly care for your cooling system, and there are many ways to improperly care for one—mistakes that can be detrimental to its functionality overall. What are these mistakes? Keep reading to find out!
If You Want an Effective and Efficient AC System, You Should Not….
….do anything that compromises its performance, such as:
- Skipping Maintenance: Professional maintenance is the only way to ensure that your air conditioner will be fully inspected, cleaned, and adjusted in order to perform as efficiently as it’s meant to. In fact, maintenance can prevent up to 85% of the repairs that a cooling system may need in its lifetime otherwise! This is because maintenance helps us spot small problems before they become big ones that start wearing down on your air conditioner and negatively impacting its operation.
- Use the Same Air Filter Month-to-Month: When people think about the air filter that comes standard with their HVAC system, they tend to think of their indoor air quality. After all, that’s what an air filter is for, right? To block allergens and other particles from coming through your ventilation system into your home? Well, not quite. The air filter in your HVAC system filters out the air leaving your home, so that the internal components within your air conditioner don’t get pummeled with these particles. Therefore, you should be changing your air filter, depending on what type it is, every 1-3 months during periods of system use. Oh and don’t forget, the air filter in your air conditioner is usually shared by your furnace, so don’t assume that because you haven’t used your air conditioner yet the air filter doesn’t need changing!
- Turn the Thermostat Down as Low as It will Go: We do understand this misunderstanding—the misunderstanding that turning your thermostat down as low as it will go will cool your home down faster. But this just isn’t the case. Turning your thermostat down that low will only cause your compressor to run longer, until it reaches that desired temperature, if it ever does. Another problem with this is that air conditioners are typically only capable of effectively cooling a space to about 20°F below what the temperatures are outside. So, turning your thermostat down to 62°F when it’s 90°F outside won’t get you very far. If anything it will leave you wasting energy and paying way more than you should just to use your air conditioning system!
Whether you’re looking for more advice on how to most efficiently use your air conditioner or you have an AC problem that needs attention, please don’t hesitate to reach out!