As we all know, Air Conditioners are complex machines and a miracle of modern life. And while there are some tasks that only a trained professional can do, there are some basic air conditioning mistakes you can start avoiding today to improve the performance of your unit and head off potential problems.
1- You Neglect to Change Your AC Filters
It’s a well-known fact that neglecting dirty filters is one of the most basic air conditioning mistakes. And yet, many people forget to check their filters periodically. Dirty filters can cause poor air flow, increasing your power bill by as much as 15 percent. They can also affect other components, such as the evaporator coil. Therefore, clean or replace your filters every month or two during cooling season, or more frequently if your AC is in constant use.
2- Not Setting Your Thermostat Properly
Odds are that you are setting your thermostat too low. We tend to underestimate our ability to adapt to extreme temperatures and as a result we set our thermostats at the wrong temperature. In addition to the environmental benefits of raising the temperature on your thermostat, consider that for every degree you raise you can cut up to 3% off your bill. If you need a rule of thumb, the high 70’s are a good area to aim for when you set your thermostat.
3- Not Having Your AC Serviced at Least Annually
Having your unit serviced regularly is a great way to ensure that your AC always runs smoothly and that you nip in the bud any potential problems. It’s advisable to bring in a professional at least once a year so they can perform some key maintenance tasks such as:
- Checking the correct amount of refrigerant
- Testing for refrigerant leaks
- Measuring airflow
- Inspecting electrical terminals
- Oiling motors
- Checking the accuracy of your thermostat
At Zero Heating AC & Refrigeration we install, repair, maintain and replace equipment and service all brands of air conditioning. We offer dependable service delivered with friendliness and the utmost professionalism.
We’re located at 4142 Hickory Sun, San Antonio, Texas. Contact us today using our website, by telephone (210-900-0824) or through our social media accounts on Facebook , Twitter and LinkedIn to schedule a repair or to get an estimate. We also offer financing plans for your convenience!