Air Conditioning is easy, right? It’s hot, you turn your system on, and now it’s cool. Isn’t that it? Well, Tragar Home Services certainly hopes it’s that simple most of the time, but we also know that there’s a lot more that goes into running a cooling system than you think. You need to maintain your system all spring and summer long and all year long. You’ll also want to take steps to ensure your cooling system is running at peak efficiency. Homeowners make mistakes related to their cooling systems all the time. At Tragar, we can help keep your air conditioning running in good order and we’ve seen more than our share of mistakes made. So we want to tell you about some common cooling mistakes and how to avoid them.
Common Maintenance Related Mistakes
Some of the most common home cooling mistakes appear at this time of year. That’s because people are starting up their cooling systems as the weather gets warmer and they may not always start. The Department of Energy recommends that you have regular maintenance for your unit, which means a yearly checkup. Tragar can take care of that checkup for you, but there are things related to cooling homeowners should be doing that can cause problems if they’re ignored.
If you’re not changing your air conditioning filter, you’re making a mistake. According to Time Magazine, you should change the filter on your air conditioning unit at least every three months. Not doing so can cause poor air flow and can also cause your evaporator coil to freeze up. Speaking of coils, another common mistake is neglecting your evaporator and condenser coils. They collect dirt over time, even if you do change your air filter regularly, dirt can still accumulate in time. This is particularly true if you have an outdoor condenser unit. If you have it in an area that attracts dirt, or if you don’t clear the area near the condenser, dirt can collect on your condensation coil.
Mistakes Involving Inefficiency
You might be maintaining your air conditioner well, but you could also be making mistakes that can cost you money because you’re not running your system as efficiently as possible. Among the mistakes you might make is setting your thermostat too low. According to Time, you cut 3 percent off of your cooling bill for every degree that you raise the temperature. You’re also throwing money away if you’re cooling rooms when you aren’t home. This is why you need a programmable thermostat like the Lennox iComfort Wifi Smart Thermostat, available from Tragar. This remarkable thermostat learns when you’re home and when you’re not and when you’re awake or asleep. Another Tragar product that can help you cool more efficiently is ductless air conditioning. Multi-zone ductless systems only cool the rooms you’re in. Finally, are you taking advantage of your ceiling fans? They can keep cool air circulating in your home. Turning ceiling fans counterclockwise is more energy efficient and allows for better airflow.
Tragar Will Help Keep Your Cooling System “Mistake-Free”
If you’re not keeping up with your cooling system maintenance or if you’re looking for ways to keep your air conditioning more energy efficient, Tragar can help. We can do your annual maintenance and we can also give your home an energy audit. If you want to save money and repairs, contact Tragar today.