8 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Air Conditioner
We realize the summers in Glendale are exceptionally hot. It seems like there is a new heat record being broken every year. Unfortunately, the cost is reflected in your energy bills every month. When you make mistakes with the way you are using your air conditioner, your unit can be less effective, efficient and safe. You are also increasing the cost of running your air conditioner.
When your system is not properly maintained, you can also risk contamination caused by microorganisms. Inhaling these contaminants may be a risk to your health. This issue is even more critical if any of the people living in your home have allergies or asthma because their symptoms may become worse. We want you to be cool, comfortable and safe this summer. For this reason, we have included the tips below.
1. The Importance of Cleaning or Changing Your Air Conditioning Filters
The most common mistake we see is dirty or clogged filters. We recommend changing your filter a minimum of once every 90 days. During the hottest months of the year, your unit is running constantly. During this period of time, you should consider changing your filter every month. When your filter is dirty, the result is a poor flow of air. In some cases, the evaporator coil in your unit may freeze.
When your filter is dirty, you may be increasing your air conditioning bill by 5-15 percent. You will also be decreasing the length of time your unit will last. We do not want you to be forced to replace your air conditioner before its time. You can purchase replacement filters for your unit inexpensively. This small step is very important for protecting your unit and saving you money.
If your air conditioner is a split, ductless unit, you will not need to replace your filter. Look on your air conditioner for a removable panel. Once you remove this panel, you will be able to use a rag to thoroughly wipe off your filter. Maintaining your filter can prevent potentially expensive repairs down the road.
2. Saving Money With a Programmable Thermostat
There is a good chance you may forget to make the necessary adjustment to your thermostat before you leave your home for the day. The best possible solution is installing a programmable thermostat. This simple step can save you several hundred dollars on your air conditioning bill every year. A programmable thermostat will automatically adjust the temperature in your home when you leave or are at work.
Smart thermostats were specifically designed to make programming your thermostat simple and easy. You can control this type of thermostat directly from your smartphone. You can effortlessly cool down your home shortly before you leave work to make certain you return to a nice cool environment while saving money.
3. Routine Maintenance Is Critical
A high-quality air conditioner can run for a long time without maintenance. We recommend scheduling maintenance once every year before the hottest months of the summer arrive. This is the best way to ensure your unit is operating at peak performance. If there is a small issue with your unit, our technician can fix the problem before you end up needing a very expensive repair. The result is a cooler home, lower utility bills and peace of mind.
4. Setting Your Thermostat for the Correct Temperature
Within a period of just one or two weeks, your body will adapt to both heat and cold. Every time you raise your thermostat just one degree, you are decreasing your monthly energy bill by three percent. Over time, your savings will really add up. You will also be helping the environment. Feeling a little warm for a short period of time during the beginning of the summer is more than worth all of the benefits.
We recommend setting your thermostat around 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Once you have adapted to the summer heat, you may discover you can increase the temperature by another degree or two. The exact temperature is dependent on how well you handle the heat combined with your comfort zone.
5. Positioning Your Vents and Thermostat Correctly
If your thermostat is exposed to the heat from a lamp or the Arizona sun for long periods of time, you have an issue. Your thermostat will be unable to read the temperature in your home properly. This means your air conditioner will continue cooling your already cool home. If you are at work all day, you may not realize your thermostat has not been placed correctly.
Close the drapes for any windows impacting your thermostat. Move any lamps near your thermostat or have a professional relocate the device. If your draperies, curtains or furniture are blocking your air conditioning vents, your air circulation is limited. Check all of your vents to make certain there is no obstruction. This will prevent your unit from running unnecessarily and wasting energy. Your home will remain cool.
6. Waiting to Repair Issues With Your Air Conditioner
If your air conditioning is making unusual noises such as a rattling sound, you are most likely experiencing an issue. Although the problem may be something small, if you wait to have your unit serviced, you may be damaging your air conditioner even more. When you purchased your unit, you were making an investment. You wanted your home to be comfortable for your family. Having your unit checked if you suspect an issue is simply taking care of your investment.
Make certain your filter is clean. If you have replaced your filter, and your unit is still making noises, we recommend calling Christian Brothers for professional service. Our technician will determine what the problem is, make any necessary repairs, and ensure you remain cool throughout the summer.
7. The Impact of the Outside Air
If you leave your doors and windows open while you are running your air conditioner, you are decreasing the efficiency of your unit. You may also be preventing your unit from keeping your home cool. During the hottest hours of the day, we recommend keeping your windows and doors closed. If you want to let in some fresh air, turn off your unit for 10 to 15 minutes at night, then open your windows.
You need to turn your unit back on once you have closed your windows. Leaving your unit off all night will ensure your air conditioner has to work a lot harder than necessary during the day to eliminate the humidity and heat from your home. This can lead to mechanical failures in your unit.
8. The Beauty of Fans
We recommend using fans to circulate cool air throughout your home. Ceiling fans are especially efficient. Your air conditioner will not need to work as hard when your fans are on. Running ceiling fans in a counterclockwise direction will improve your airflow during the summer.
In addition to cooling services, Christian Brothers also provides heating, plumbing and electrical services. Our technicians are well trained to ensure the job is performed properly the first time. Contact us for all of your maintenance, repair and new installation needs in Glendale, AZ.