Top Home Cooling Mistakes To Avoid
With the hot summer we've been having, you've had plenty of time to assess how the operation of your air conditioner has been this season; be aware of the common errors that can play a role in your comfort during the warm months.
These popular air conditioning mistakes are easy to avoid when you know about their drawbacks:
Opening Your Windows
While you may be tempted to let some ‘fresh air’ in on a cool spring or summer morning, you may be causing more harm than good. Not only could you be letting cool air out of your home, the unfiltered air could also irritate those who suffer from the effects of seasonal allergies. For these reasons, it is highly recommended that you close all windows and doors when the air conditioner is turned on.
Turning Your Thermostat Up Too Much
It’s true that you can save on your cooling usage by turning your thermostat up a couple of degrees while you are away from home; however, if you turn it up too much (5 degrees or more), you could be overworking your air conditioner to restore to the normal temperature when you return. Stick to a small margin of degree adjustments for ultimate comfort and savings.
Failing To Perform A/C Maintenance
Your A/C needs monthly and yearly maintenance to ensure it is working properly. From regularly cleaning your air filter to scheduling seasonal tune-ups, you are more likely able to save yourself from the headache and financial burden of a breakdown by keeping up with routine maintenance for your cooling system.
Using An Incorrectly Sized Air Conditioner
When it comes to your cooling system, bigger isn’t always better, and smaller isn’t always more economical. The wrong sized system could cost you! A system that is too large will cool your house quickly, but too many starts and stops will shorten the life of your equipment and increase your utility bills. A system that is too small won’t get the job done either; a system that runs constantly may increase your energy consumption. Save yourself the frustration and make sure a new system is properly sized for your home.
Putting Off A/C Replacement
Many homeowners will wait until their HVAC system is very old and breaks down beyond repair before they decide to replace. However, what they may not know is that most system issues will occur during the hottest times of the year. Take control of the situation; save yourself the inconvenience and stress of an untimely breakdown and plan to replace BEFORE the system gives out.