Summer is here, and it’s time to turn on the AC! Just make sure that you aren’t making one of these classic air conditioning blunders…
Mistake 1: Turning your Thermostat Down too Low
Upon coming home to a hot, humid house, many people will turn their thermostat down much lower than their desired temperature in order to achieve that desired temperature more quickly. Does this work? NO.
It doesn’t matter if you turn your thermostat down 3 degrees or 30 degrees: it won’t cool your house down any faster. The trouble with turning your thermostat down extremely low is that you might end up leaving your AC at that setting longer than necessary and increasing your cooling costs.
Mistake 2: Not Setting a Cost-Effective Cooling Schedule
Before you leave for work or errands, don’t forget to adjust your thermostat! If no one will be at home for several hours, raise your thermostat by 7 to 10 degrees to save around 10% on your summer cooling costs.
Mistake 3: Turning Your AC Off Completely
While it’s a good idea to raise your thermostat while no one is at home, it’s best not to shut your air conditioner off completely. When your air conditioner runs, it reduces the humidity in your home. Therefore, allowing your air conditioner to run at regular intervals can help control excess moisture in your home and prevent problems such as mold growth and pest infestations.
Mistake 4: Forgetting to Check and Change the Air Filter
It’s important to check your air filter on a regular basis to make sure that it isn’t clogged with dust and other particles. If your air filter is clogged, it will not allow an adequate amount of airflow through your HVAC system. This can cause your system to stop producing cool air, overheat, or even break.
Mistake 5: Installing a Thermostat in an Especially Cold or Hot Location
Your thermostat can be “fooled” by the temperatures in its immediate surroundings. If you install your thermostat in direct sunlight or by warm electronics or appliances, your thermostat might cause your air conditioner to run more than necessary. Likewise, if you install your thermostat in a drafty area, it may not prompt your air conditioner to run even if the rest of the house is above your desired temperature.
Mistake 6: Skipping Preventative Maintenance
Preventative maintenance helps to ensure that your AC is running at maximum efficiency, and it also gives you an opportunity to find out about small issues before they become bigger, more costly ones.
Whether it’s an AC repair, duct cleaning, or thermostat installation, Dream Team Heating and Air Conditioning is equipped to handle it! Contact us for a free estimate on our Baton Rouge HVAC services.