Three Mistakes That Compromise The Efficiency Of Your AC

Trying to ensure your AC is running as efficiently as possible is noble, but it's easy to mess it up and actually decrease how well the unit is running. This can cost you more in energy usage as well as shorten the operable lifespan of the AC unit. Avoiding the following mistakes can help you increase efficiency.

#1: Ignoring exposure issues

The main AC unit, the condenser, is typically placed outside on the side or rear of the home. Generally, this is in an area where it is out of the way. Unfortunately, this sometimes also results in it being forgotten about. If the unit is exposed to direct sunlight, it will have to work harder to overcome the heat. This results in less efficiency. Installing a canopy above it can prevent this. Another option is to install a short fence around the unit to help shade it. Just make sure the fence is set far enough away so that the air can flow and circulate around the unit. Otherwise, the fence could block air flow and actually decrease efficiency.

#2: Using the wrong filter

Changing the filter regularly during the cooling season is a must. In most homes, this is done every one to two months. If you have pets, live in a dusty area, or have been doing interior construction, you may want to change the filter even more often. Just make sure you choose the right filter. Rarely is the cheapest one the best option. These tend to have larger holes that allow more dust through, which can clog up your system and decrease efficiency. A HEPA filter is a good option, since the fine holes prevent dust from passing through, just keep in mind they must be changed frequently or they will clog. And never try to clean and reuse a filter unless it is specifically made to be reusable.

#3: Keeping an outdated thermostat

Your thermostat can be a major help when it comes to increasing your AC's efficiency. Turning the thermostat up and down manually rarely works as a method to reduce AC usage, simply because the task is easily forgotten. Instead, opt for a programmable thermostat that will allow you to fine tune your AC usage so that you are never over-cooling your home when it isn't needed. Set the thermostat for a higher temperature when you are away, such as at work or school, and a more comfortable temperature when you are home.

For more help, contact an AC contractor like Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc. in your area.