Not properly managing your air conditioning unit will create a number of problems for you including decreasing the efficiency of your AC unit, resulting in repairs and raising your electricity bills. Here are eight air condition mistakes you should avoid to ensure your unit lasts longer.
Ignoring Your Air Filter
The air filter in your AC units helps to remove dust, allergens and more from all the air that passes through the system. These filters are typically light cardboard-and-wire constructs that are designed to be regularly replaced.
After around six months, the filter will be filled with dirt, and air will have a tough time getting through. That not only raises the volume of dust in your home, but also decreases airflow and efficiency for your AC unit.
You can also improve energy use for your AC by 5 to 15 percent just by replacing a dirty filter. You can replace your air filters a couple times a year.
Failing To Clean the Fins and Coils
Air conditioning evaporator coils and fins allow heat to pass from the refrigerant in the system out into the air, the same way condenser coils absorb heat from inside the house. This process of moving heat is very important, but it can be obstructed by layers of dust and grime.
If you never check on your coils, that grime is costing you money and decreasing efficiency. Clean your air conditioner at the beginning of the dry season and check it from time to time.
Turning The AC Temperature Down Too Low
A lot of people frequently turn their thermostats down very low in hopes that this would make the AC respond more quickly or work harder. This is false.
The AC works just as hard to lower the temperature one degree as it does to lower it by 20 degrees. As such, program your thermostat to exactly where you want it, not lower than you need.
Ignoring Sizing Requirements
AC units are carefully sized to the number of cubic feet they are required to cool. This is particularly important when you are purchasing a new AC unit or renovating your house.
If an AC unit is rated for a smaller space than you have, it will work too hard to cool the air, wear out more quickly and struggle to meet the demands of the thermostat.
Same is applicable for the AC unit of it is rated for a larger space than you have, as it will constantly turn on and off, wearing itself out and growing undependable over time.
Leaving Your Windows Open
A lot of heat enters the home through windows, especially open windows. If you really want to control heat in your house, you need to pay close attention to your windows.
Keep them closed and covered with blinds or drapes during the hottest parts of the day, especially if your windows are facing the sun. The less work an air conditioner has to do, the better!
Not Setting Your Thermostat
Programmable thermostats allow you to set temperatures for various times throughout the day and automatically lower the temperature when you need it to help you save money and manage your cooling.
A lot of advanced thermostats like Google’s Nest thermostat actually have learning capabilities, which makes them shift to accommodate repeated schedules that allows you to change the temperature from an app.
If you don’t have a smart thermostats, you can save money and enjoy more accurate cooling with a simple thermostat replacement.
Putting Your AC On When You’re Not Home
In the middle of the weekday, when family members are at work or school, you can turn the temperature of your AC up significantly to save on money.
The same is applicable for the middle of the night, when people are asleep. Don’t set the AC to lower the temperature when no one will be around to enjoy it.
Failing To Check Your Drain
A lot of air conditioning systems use drains that take care of condensation and channeling water outside of the house. The drains are easy to miss but they are important.
If one of these drains gets clogged, it’s bad news for your AC system and the surrounding floors and walls, which can get permanently damaged by overflowing moisture. As such, keep your drain line clean.