When you are using your air conditioner, there are certain things you should and should not do. When people make the following common mistakes, it causes stress on the system, which then requires more repairs. It can also greatly increase your monthly energy bill.
Leaving the Air Conditioner On Constantly
There is no reason you should have your air conditioner running at full blast all day, every day. Make good use of the thermostat by programming it to only go when it reaches a certain temperature inside the house. At the very least, it should only be running during the day when temperatures are high. Some thermostats also have the option of setting a timer so it isn't running during the day when you are at work and the kids are at school. This helps to reduce stress on the system and keeps your energy costs low.
Not Having the Unit Maintained
You also need to have your air conditioner maintained on a regular basis. Whether it is a central air conditioner, window unit, or a split system air conditioner, you should inspect it and have it maintained routinely. This will allow you to get minor fixes done and allow it to work efficiently over a longer period of time. Regular maintenance can help to prevent more expensive repairs and replacing the unit prematurely.
Failing to Use Ceiling Fans
In order to reduce your energy bill and increase the temperature of your air conditioning system, you can run ceiling fans at the same time as the units. The ceiling fan helps to move around the cool air, improving air circulation and giving you cooler air. Make sure the blades of the ceiling fan are pushing down the hot air. If they aren't, rotate them the other direction. Gradually increase the temperature of the air conditioner with the ceiling fans running until it feels comfortable.
Leaving the Air Filter For Too Long
Not all maintenance of the air conditioner is something that requires a professional. Changing or cleaning the air filter helps you to reduce the extra debris and dander caught in the unit. First check to see if you have a reusable filter or a disposable one. Disposable air filters can be thrown away and replaced with a new one. If you have a reusable filter, remove it routinely and clean it thoroughly. Make sure it is well rinsed and dry before putting it back in the unit. Even reusable ones should be replaced regularly to ensure optimal performance.
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