To combat the rising temperatures of the summer, you are likely getting
a lot of usage out of your air conditioner and are seeing frightening
results of it in your monthly bill. It is possible that you are making
some major mistakes with your home’s air conditioning system, undercutting
its effectiveness and efficiency. In fact, poorly maintained systems can
even become contaminated with microorganisms that can be detrimental to
your health if inhaled.
Here are some of the most common mistakes people make with their home’s
1.You do not change or clean your filters: You should change the filter on your central AC unit at least once every
three months, or as often as once a month, depending on how frequently
your system is running. Why is this important? If you neglect to change
or clean your filters, this can cause poor air flow or freeze up the unit’s
evaporator coil. Additionally, your dirty filter might add between 5%
and 15% to your AC bill and shorten the lifespan of your system. Save
yourself some money by replacing the filters, which are usually less than
$10. If you have ductless split AC units, you can simply wipe of the filter
with a rag.
2.You do not service your system annually: There are certain necessary maintenance operations that must be performed
once a year to keep your system up and running efficiently. Call in a
professional to do this and it will save you money in the long run.
3.You set your thermostat too low: Your body is capable of much more than you think. It can adapt to hot
or cold temperatures rather quickly, often within a week or two. Considering
that you can cut up to 3% off your AC bill for every degree you raise
the temperature, you might want to sweat through the period of adjustment
and try setting your thermostat in the high 70s to reduce your bill.
4.You neglect your fans: Fans are an effective way to stay cool during the summer months and remove
some of the burden from your overworked AC system. If you are using ceiling
fans, make sure they turn counterclockwise, which promotes better air flow.
5.Your thermostat or vents are poorly positioned: Your thermostat might get thrown off if it is getting blasted by the sun
or a lamp, causing it to crank the AC unnecessarily even when your place
is already cool. If you are away during the day, you might not even be
aware that your system is working overtime.
6.You are keeping empty rooms cool: Are your AC vents open in every room of your house? If they are, you are
keeping a lot of unused square footage cool on a day-to-day basis. Walk
around your home and close the vents that open onto unoccupied rooms and
close closet doors to ensure those areas are not eating up your cold air.
7.You do not have any blinds or curtains: The sun is your AC system’s worst enemy. If you keep your blinds
closed or slide your curtains to block the sun, you can protect your space
from the sun’s heat, which also means your AC system will run less
frequently, saving you money.
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Since our inception in 1969, Summers Plumbing Heating & Cooling has
been providing the highest quality plumbing, heating, and air conditioning
services at prices you can afford. Our team is committed to being honest,
thorough, and friendly when we arrive at your home for an estimate or
repair. You can trust that our helpful and knowledgeable technicians will
seek to make your life easier.
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at (317) 399-5665. We provide 24 hour service!