Soaring temperatures have made an early appearance this year, many of you might’ve even sprung for the AC; only to turn it off a day or two later. While weather conditions in Ohio can be somewhat unpredictable, one thing that isn’t is the heat wave that will roll in this summer. A well-functioning cooling system will be of utmost importance.
Air conditioning can account for 12-50% of your home’s summertime energy expenses, so it pays to take caution when it comes to driving up your costs unnecessarily. We compiled a list of the most common AC mistakes so you can be proactive about the heat and avoid undue stress on your air conditioner and your wallet.
Not Changing Your Filter
We recommend you change your furnace filter every 3 months, and even more frequently if you have pets or someone in your home suffers from severe allergies or asthma.
Ignoring Reg Flags
Life is hectic, We totally get it. Especially in the summer when so many activities are going on and there’s so much fun to be had. It is entirely understandable that calling an HVAC company for a suspicious noise or periodic smell isn’t top on your list. That being said, it is also true that ignoring warning signs could result in costly damage to your air conditioning system. Don’t wait for your system to break down, be proactive and call a professional before a minor repair turns into a major system failure.
Believe it or not, AC units are not one-size-fits-all. They can be too big and create inconsistent temperatures throughout the house, when they cycle on and off too frequently. They can also be too small and work overtime to cool your space, wearing out before their time. Consult with an HVAC pro if your air conditioner is running, but not doing a good job of keeping you cool.
Adjusting the Thermostat
We can not say enough about programmable thermostats. Not only do they allow you to build home and away schedules, newer wi-fi enabled models utilize smart sensors and geofencing technology to automatically adjust your home’s temperature based on your location. Take the guesswork out of HVAC efficiency by upgrading to a smart thermostat this spring.
Skipping Regular Maintenance
Spring is the absolute best time to get your air conditioning system cleaned and inspected. An AC tune-up will not only help your system perform more efficiently, it will greatly reduce the likelihood of breakdowns and costly repairs. Hiring a trained technician for routine maintenance is the best safeguard you have for a cool and comfortable summer.
Location, Location, Location
Where is your thermostat located? The job of the thermostat is to measure the temperature of its immediate surroundings, and make calls to your furnace and air conditioner when heated or cooled air is needed. If your thermostat is placed in direct sunlight or near a heat source, it would most definitely skew the readings and make your unit think it needs to work harder than it actually does. If you have any concern about your thermostat’s placement, call a professional for guidance.
Forgetting to Shut the Windows
Everyone loves a cool summer breeze and some fresh air. However, an open window sabotages all the hard work your AC unit is putting forth. The cool air will escape outdoors, wasting energy and money. Don’t worry, an open window on a breezy summer day is great, just be sure to turn off your AC unit beforehand and shut the windows prior to turning it back on.
Not Running Fans
A ceiling fan is your AC unit’s best friend! They will help to more evenly distribute cool air throughout your home, meaning more comfort for you and less work for your system.
Wasting Cool Air on Unused Rooms
Don’t air condition the spare room that nobody ever uses. We don’t suggest closing off the vents entirely, but definitely close the door to unused rooms to prevent wasting energy and money.
So, while the temperatures will inevitably rise, your monthly bills don’t have to. Avoid these common AC mistakes and keep in mind that simple, routine maintenance and basic know-how will go a long way in saving you money and frustration. Contact the experts at Jackson Comfort Services to help. We are always proud to keep the communities we serve comfortable, year-round.