When it comes to the condition of the larger appliances and systems in your home—the electrical wiring, the plumbing, and the air conditioner, for example—it may seem as though caring for them is out of your control. For the most part, these systems are installed during construction and replaced or repaired once someone runs into trouble. But this is a costly way of thinking of many of these systems.
Let’s take your air conditioner, for example. It may seem as though your job when it comes to air conditioning is simple. You turn on the thermostat when you need it and turn it off when you don’t. But even this daily habit may be slowly destroying your air conditioner and costing you more!
Find out which daily habits may be ruining the condition of your AC system in today’s post.
Lowering the Temperature All the Way
This is one that seems to make sense to many people. If you want the home to get cooler faster, you simply turn the thermostat down to a lower temperature. It’s probably what you do when someone asks you to “blast the AC.”
But in reality, most air conditioners only move at one speed. When you turn the temperature down lower, you’re only asking your AC to run for longer than it needs to for you to feel comfortable, thus wearing down the parts of the unit.
What to do instead: Program your thermostat in advance so that your home is never hotter than you need it to be when you arrive home. Better yet, get a smart thermostat so you can adjust the temperature on your way home, if you wish.
Turning It Off Completely Before Leaving the Home
If you’re going on a long vacation—and you don’t have any pets at home that need the AC left on—it may make sense to completely shut off the AC while you are away. However, if you’re only leaving home to go to work or school, or even just a shopping spree, it’s better to leave the system on, in many cases.
Of course, you turn the unit off to save energy. But by the time you arrive home, the ducts have heated up, the home is 94°F, and it will take your air conditioner a very long time to cool down the home. This means running nonstop, rather than in cycles as it was designed, which puts a lot of wear and tear on the system.
What to do instead: Raise the temperature by about 5-10° when you leave the house. The best way to do this is with a programmable thermostat.
Neglecting Routine Maintenance Tasks
Many people simply don’t see the importance of keeping an air conditioning system maintained. We’re here to tell you that air conditioners receiving regular maintenance can last months or even years longer than those that never get professional maintenance. During a session, a technician can adjust some components of the system and recommend urgent AC repairs—key steps in keeping your system running smoothly for longer.
What to do instead: Change the air filter every 1-3 months, and call a qualified technician for routine AC maintenance once or twice a year. You can save on maintenance and repairs when you sign up for a maintenance plan through a local contractor.
AAction Air Conditioning & Heating Co. Inc. offers maintenance and AC repair in Savannah, GA. Contact us today!