6 Air Conditioning Mistakes to Avoid Right Now
Did you know that during the summer months, your air conditioner can be the highest contributor to driving up your utility bills? However, there are a number of ways to reduce this load by changing some of your air conditioning habits.
Here some air conditioning mistakes to avoid to help you reduce usage and save on energy bills.
Buying Too Big an Air Conditioner
Bigger isn’t always better. Many people are inclined to get a bigger air conditioner, assuming it will make the home colder faster. However, an oversized air conditioner won’t generate uniform temperatures or reduce humidity. It will also run inefficiently by cycling on and off quickly. Of course, a unit may also be too small to properly cool the space. When considering a new air conditioner our team will work with you to properly size a new air conditioner.
Air conditioners can be deceptively self-sufficient. Many homeowners ignore basic maintenance that can improve efficiency and comfort, and extend the life of the air conditioner. Be sure to replace filters at once a month. If it is used constantly or you notice excessive dust buildup around your vents check the filters more often. Most importantly, schedule your annual air conditioner tune-up!
Leaving the Air Conditioner Running All Day
Studies show that a smart thermostat such as the Google Nest can save you up to 23% on your annual energy bill. Using a smart thermostat to start cooling off the house before you get home is cheaper, and more efficient than leaving the air conditioner running all day. Smart thermostats can be controlled from basically any smartphone or web-enabled device, and basically pay for themselves season after season.
Turning the Temperature Way Down
If you are comfortable at 74 degrees, don’t come home and turn the thermostat down to 68 degrees. It will not get you to 74 any faster. It will just skip past 74 and waste ever more energy getting to excessively low temperatures.
Not Using Ceiling Fans or Running Them Backwards
Many people think their air conditioner is a substitute for ceiling fans. Instead, air conditioners and ceiling fans should be used together. Make sure the fan is switched to push air downward (typically counter-clockwise). It may seem more logical to reverse the fan so it is pulling hot air upward. However, the downward airflow creates a “wind chill effect,” which makes you feel cooler.
Heating Up the Thermostat
Make sure the placement of your thermostat is not in direct sunlight or on an outer wall. Also make sure that lamps and other heat-generating devices are not close enough to the thermostat to accidentally drive up the temperature reading and overwork the air conditioner.
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