Minimize your air conditioning costs this summer by avoiding these five mistakes.
Summer is right around the corner and what that means for Missouri residents is that they will soon be switching their HVAC system from heating to cooling. If you want to make sure that your air conditioning unit is running as efficiently as possible and minimize your cooling costs this summer, avoid these five air conditioning mistakes that homeowners often make.
1. Foregoing Regular Maintenance
If you think that calling an HVAC technician to perform regular maintenance is a waste of money, you might actually be wasting a larger amount of money in the long run. Having your air conditioner regularly maintained is not only important to your risk of needing to make an emergency call this summer, but regular maintenance increases a unit’s efficiency and decreases your monthly costs.
2. Forget to Change Your Filters
If you don’t change your air filters throughout the summer, not only will it have a negative impact on your energy efficiency, but it can also wreak havoc on your allergies. The air filter is the first line of defense against outside debris getting into your duct work. If an air filter is clogged and full of particles, your air conditioner will have to work harder to move air and will cause poor air quality around your home.
3. Fixing Things Yourself
Calling for a repairman might be a hard pill to swallow. However, not calling and having to pay for a new unit might be a larger pill. Although there are many YouTube videos and online do-it-yourself forums, if you don’t know what you are doing, you might not only fail to fix your unit, you might break it. If you aren’t a trained HVAC technician, don’t try fixing your unit. Pick up the phone and make the right call.
4. Installing the Wrong Size Unit
If you’ve done any work on your house and haven’t considered upgrading your air conditioner, you may be making a huge mistake. Having the properly sized unit for the size of your home is not only important to keep costs low, but also to increase the longevity of your air conditioning unit. If it is too small, it will be working overtime to cool things down. Overtime equals expense.
5. Ignoring an Important Fix
If you have been hearing your air conditioning making a strange sound or noticing that it isn’t keeping up as it should, don’t wait to get it fixed. If you are waiting until something goes wrong instead of calling now to make sure that everything is running as it should, you are making a huge mistake. Although a repair call might cost money, an emergency call or a replacement call will cost you much more. If your air conditioning is signaling a problem, don’t ignore it. It is not likely that it will just go away on it’s own.