If you feel like your air conditioning system is working to keep you cool during summer, don’t rush out and buy a new one just yet—you may just be using it the wrong way. Here are some of the most common air conditioner mistakes you should avoid during summer.
Using a Wrongly Sized AC Unit – One of the reasons why you should never buy and install AC units on your own is because the room or house size should match the air conditioner’s output. A unit that’s too small will end up getting overworked all the time while a unit that’s too large will turn on and off too often, failing to eliminate humidity in the room.
Opening Your Doors and Windows Too Often – Ideally, you should only open your windows for about 15 minutes a day to allow ventilation. Keeping it open all the time will allow heat to seep into your indoor space, which pushing your air conditioning system to compensate, which will lead to higher energy costs. This the same reason why energy-efficient windows are a good investment. It helps keep your indoor temperatures consistent, providing energy savings and longer HVAC system lifespan.
Not Using the Fan to Circulate Cold Air – Many people assume that the fan and AC modes should be used alternately. But using the fan with the AC actually makes it more efficient, especially when you need to quickly cool down a large room. The fan forces air circulation that lets the cool air reach the farthest areas of the room faster. Turn off the fan when the room has reached the ideal temperature.
Neglecting Scheduled Maintenance – Another common mistake is putting off scheduled maintenance, which increases the chances of air conditioning failure when you really need it. The maintenance schedule depends on the make and model of your HVAC unit but is typically conducted once a year. Consider scheduling maintenance and possible repairs during the spring, so you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you will have a comfortable home during summer.
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