Tuesday, August 15, 2017

7 Mistakes You're Making With Your Air Conditioner

Although summer is starting to wind down, we still have a few more weeks of hot, sweltering and humid days. If you're wanting to make sure your AC unit can keep you cool on even the hottest of days, you will want to make sure you're taking all the preventative measures. Unfortunately, there are a few mistakes you are making with your air conditioner that could be undercutting its efficiency and its effectiveness. Continue reading to learn more about these mistakes and how you could prevent them.

1. You're Forgetting To Change The Air Filters.

It's best to check the filter once a month and change as necessary. Most filters can last about three months, but you may have to change it more often if you have pets, kids or smoke. A dirty air filter could cause your AC unit to not work as efficiently or cause it to freeze. This is an easy task that can help your air conditioner run more efficiently and help keep you cool all summer long.

2. You're Not Getting Your System Serviced. 

One of the best things you can do for your HVAC system is to get it serviced by a professional. At Royal Heating & Air, we recommend having a technician look over your system at least twice a year. Once in the spring for your AC unit and once in the fall for your furnace. A professional technician can spot any issues early on before they become a major issue.

3. You're Setting Your Thermostat Too Low. 

AC units are not designed to be set at super low temperatures. If you have it set below 68 degrees, you could cause your thermostat to freeze up - literally. When your AC unit freezes, it doesn't work as efficiently and it puts extra wear on it as well.

4. You're Not Utilizing The Fans.

Fans, especially ceiling fans, are a great way to keep cool air circulating throughout your home. In addition to keeping the air moving in your home, fans can also remove some of the burden from your AC unit. During the summer, make sure the ceiling fan is set to counterclockwise so it pushes air down.

5. Your Thermostat and/or Vents Are Not Positioned Correctly.

If your thermostat is positioned in the sun all day or is near a lamp or anything else that emits heat, it could throw off the readings. This could cause the AC to turn on even when it doesn't need to be. Blocking AC vents could cause your AC unit to work harder to cool your house. When positioning your furniture, make sure you're not blocking any vents.

6. You Don't Have Blinds Or Curtains. 

The sun could be your AC unit's worst enemy. Bright sunlight beaming into your home all day long could cause your air conditioner to run for long periods of time to cool your home down. Closing the blinds and curtains, especially during the hottest part of the day, can help keep your home cool and help alleviate some of the pressure from your AC unit.

7. You're Not Using A Programmable Thermostat. 

A programmable thermostat can help you save you money on your heating and cooling bill by automatically raising the temperature at those times of the day when you're out of the house. There are even newer thermostats that can be controlled by your smart phone that makes programming even simpler!

If you need help with your air conditioner this summer season, call Royal Heating & Air at 573-480-4313. Don't forget to schedule your fall service appointment to make sure your furnace is working properly so there are no surprises by the time the cold winter weather rolls in.

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