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2 Common Air Conditioning Mistakes to Avoid

2 Common Air Conditioning Mistakes to Avoid
Warm Spring temperatures are here, and that means you’ve probably started using your HVAC unit again. Before things really heat up this summer, you might want to check your habits and make sure you aren’t making these common air conditioning mistakes.

An on again off again relationship

The biggest mistake most people make is not taking steps to ensure they’re making the most efficient choices when it comes to their thermostat preferences. Constantly changing your thermostat setting, leaving it running 24/7, and turning it off for extended periods of time, are all examples of common bad habits.

The best thing you can do for your HVAC unit is to invest in a programmable thermostat and then set it to reasonable temperatures. Most HVAC units, depending on the insulation in your home, are capable of getting the interior temperature about 20 degrees lower than the outdoor air temperature. So with that in mind, you can come up with a window of acceptable temperatures to set your thermostat to. For example, if you prefer the interior temperature be 78 degrees, you can raise the temperature to 82 degrees while you’re away from the house. This will keep your HVAC unit from working hard to cool an empty home without allowing it to get too warm while you’re away. If the outside temperature isn’t about 100 degrees, 78 is a perfectly reasonable temperature for your HVAC unit without causing undue stress.

Not going with the pros
While it may be tempting to believe that you have all the answers, some of the most common mistakes people make are directly related to trying to do everything themselves. The size and placement of your HVAC unit have a huge impact on how efficiently it runs and what its lifespan is. This is why it’s important to consult the professionals when making these decisions. When your unit isn’t the right size, is improperly ventilated, or doesn’t have enough shade, it can cause the HVAC unit to work harder in order to provide your home with enough cool air. This undue strain will greatly shorten the lifespan of your unit and make frequent repairs much more likely.

Another mistake people make is not taking professional advice like changing filters and having regular maintenance done. How often you have to change filters really depends on your particular situation, but maintenance should be performed on your HVAC unit at least twice a year. Regular maintenance can extend the life of your unit and help you avoid costly repairs. If you haven’t had your Spring maintenance performed yet, contact East Coast Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule it today!

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