Common Air Conditioning Mistakes That You Need To Be Wary Of
An air conditioner is now a staple in almost every home, especially if you live in a place which has inclement weather.
Let’s look at a few mistakes homeowners commit when it comes to their ACs.
Improper Air Filter Care
The air filter is what helps the air conditioner unit get rid the air of dust, mold spores, fibers, particulate matter, animal fur, and other contaminants. The filtration process happens when expended air is cycled back into the equipment to be distributed again. These filters are made of light materials and are not meant to be used for longer periods of time. Most filters, depending on the place where you live, cannot be used for more than 6 months.
Ignoring Coils and Fins
In an HVAC system the fins and the coils are what enable the process of heat exchange to take place, and so they need to be clean to be able to absorb heat better. A lot of homeowners completely overlook regular maintenance of these components which can reduce the efficiency of your AC unit. In fact, this is the first place you should be looking at if you think the AC’s cooling performance has reduced and you’ve already changed the filters. Due to the inherent moisture present in close proximity to this, there is a regular buildup of grime and dust. You can easily clean them yourself and save in the process.
Choosing a Thermostat
While simple thermostats are not expensive, programmable thermostats offer a lot more features. These advanced thermostats can automatically increase, and lower temperature to maintain a comfortable temperature at home as well as completely switch off the AC unit when there is no one in the house. Needless to say, smart thermostats saves a lot of effort and energy from your side and is something that you need to opt for.
Remember Your Windows
When you need to control the temperature in your house, your windows play a vital role. If you want to cool down your house, cover the sun-facing windows with thick drapes that keep the heat out. It also helps to open the windows in the evening when the temperature cools down which puts less strain on your AC unit and increases ventilation too.
Neglecting Your Drain
Most air conditioners require a drain where water buildup due to condensation is directed to. This is normally positioned away from the main unit so as not to cause problems. The issue is when sometimes this drain is clogged due to the buildup of grime or mold. Another problem is that this blocked drain can cause water to seep into the surrounding walls and the floor causing damage that might require extensive repairs.
Putting Off Replacement
There are many times when people put off the task of replacing parts for a different day to save money. What they don’t realize is that this just puts more strain on the other components in the unit, meaning there is a greater chance of them failing as well. Ideally, you need to make sure that you change out parts as prescribed in the owner’s manual. Also, some manufacturers even consider their warranty void if you do not replace parts when they are due.
An HVAC contractor can deliver an annual maintenance contract which you might think is expensive, but it can save money in the long run. Annual maintenance when done properly takes care of many problems with AC units and helps prevent several issues from recurring.