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Four Major AC Mistakes Most Homeowners Make
07 Jun
By: Climate Control
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Heating and air conditioning units are complex systems that aren’t always the easiest to operate. As a result, many homeowners don’t always use their system properly, resulting in unnecessary wear and tear, extra energy use and higher energy bills. Below are four common mistakes many homeowners make with their air conditioner:

Mistake #1: Not Changing the Air Filter

When an air filter gets well used, it gets full of dust, dirt and other particles from the air. This filter helps keep your HVAC system running smoothly and provides cleaner air for you to breathe. However, the air filter will work at its best if replacement occurs periodically, usually every few months. How often you change or clean the filter will depend on your household's HVAC usage.

Mistake #2: Setting the Thermostat to an Extreme Temperature

You've had a long and hard day of work outdoors, and you're hot. You come inside and realize your air conditioner isn't on, so you go to your thermostat and set it to a very low temperature, like 62 degrees, thinking your air conditioner will cool your home faster. If you assume this, your assumption would be wrong.

Setting your thermostat to a lower temperature than necessary doesn't speed up anything, besides the potential for energy waste. Next time you're in this type of situation, set your thermostat to the temperature you want your home to have, then leave it alone. Your home will still cool just as fast.

Mistake #3: Not Using Fans

A simple ceiling fan can make it feel like your indoor temperature is a few degrees cooler. And you don't have to adjust your thermostat! Not only does the ceiling fan help you feel cooler without using as much energy as the air conditioner, but it allows you to tailor cooling to a specific area or room, instead of the entire home.

Mistake #4: Not Getting Regular Maintenance

Your air conditioner has a lot moving parts and complex components. Without regular maintenance, it will eventually break down. It will also run less efficiently, resulting in higher energy usage and lower cooling performance.

Looking for more ways to get the most out of your air conditioner? Try contacting one of the heating and air conditioning experts at Climate Control.

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