As Murietta air conditioning experts, we’ve shared quite a few AC
tips and tricks with our customers over the years. In this blog, we discuss
six things that most people don’t know about air conditioning systems.
For top-notch AC repair, replacement, or maintenance, contact Correy Baker
Heating & Air today!
1. Change Your Filters More Often
As the saying goes, “out of sight, out of mind.” This is often
true in the case of home air filters, as many people go far too long without
changing them. You should at the very least check your filter once a month,
and it’s a good idea to replace them monthly as well. If you have
pets, smoke in the house, or typically have a lot of people walking in
and out, you may want to check these filters weekly or biweekly.
2. Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
If your thermostat doesn’t have a digital display, it’s probably
time to replace it. In fact, replacing an old, inefficient thermostat
can often lead to huge energy savings for an inexpensive investment. There
are highly advanced models like the Nest self-learning thermostat, but
others from companies like Honeywell can give you great results at a fraction
of the price.
3. Make Sure Your House is AC-Friendly
Some people will invest heavily in their home’s AC and heating system,
but still find that they are running the system around the clock to get
to the desired temperature. It’s important to make sure you’ve
patched up any leaks around windows and doors, and have proper insulation
in your attic!
4. 78° Is The Magic Temperature
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, your AC system consumes approximately
8% more energy for every degree under 78°. Comfort is king, but if
you and your family can deal with 78°, you will likely enjoy some
energy savings as a result.
5. Bigger Doesn’t Mean Better
If you want your house to be COLD, you want to buy the biggest AC unit
available, right? In reality, you’ll get the best, most efficient
performance from a properly sized unit. Oversized central AC units will
actually work far less efficiently, will cost more to operate and maintain,
will break more often, and will also create odd temperature swings throughout
the house. Furthermore, they can even encourage mold growth!
6. Don’t Use a Dehumidifier While Running Your AC
Air conditioners work by drawing humid air through an evaporator coil,
causing the moisture to separate from the air and take the heat with it.
If you use a dehumidifier while running your air conditioner, it can actually
take longer for your home to reach the desired temperature.
Not sure if you need a new AC unit, or just some simple repairs? Call us
today to request a free estimate!