When the heat and humidity of the summer are virtually unbearable, you hope to step inside your home and get some much-needed relief from your home's air conditioning system. Unfortunately, if you have made one of the many costly mistakes that some homeowners tend to make, it can result in your air conditioning system leading to a decrease in cooling efficiency as well as an increase in energy costs. To make sure that your air conditioner is always operating at maximum efficiency, here are a few mistakes that you want to avoid making.
Having the Wrong Size Air Conditioner Installed
It can be a bit challenging to shop for an air conditioner when there are so many options available. An error that a large number of homeowners tend to make is selecting the wrong size based on their needs. If you choose a unit that is too large, it will cycle on and off constantly, resulting in your utility bills skyrocketing. If you choose a unit that is too small, it will fail to distribute a sufficient amount of air throughout the house. A professional HVAC technician can provide assistance.
Failing to Regularly Replace the Filter
The most integral component of your air conditioner is the air filter. Air filters work to remove dirt, dust, allergens, and debris from the air inside your home and prevent them from being blown back into the air inside the home. Because of this, air filters will become significantly clogged and need to be cleaned or replaced, depending on the type of filter it is. If you leave a dirty, clogged filter in the air conditioning system, it will be unable to do its job, decreasing the efficiency of the system. Filters need to be changed every three months at a minimum.
Turning the Thermostat Down Too Low
Some homeowners assume that the lower the thermostat setting is, the faster the home will cool down. However, the truth of the matter is your home is going to cool down just as fast if your thermostat is set to 65 degrees or 75 degrees. The only thing that you are doing when you turn the thermostat down significantly low is forcing the system to work extremely hard, which leads it to consume additional energy and break down prematurely as a result of experiencing excess wear and tear.
If you would like to learn more, don't hesitate to get in touch with a local air conditioning service.