One way to escape the heat of summer is to utilize your home’s air conditioning unit. Unfortunately, some can undercut your AC’s efficiency and safety and spike up your energy bill. Trusted heating and cooling company Poormans Heating & Air lists down some of the most common mistakes you should be aware of.

Not Having Your System Serviced 

Regularly maintaining your air conditioning equipment matters as much as the quality of the product. The filters are prone to collecting dust and dirt, so they should be changed once every three months. If not, the dirty filters can cause poor air flow and trigger allergic reactions to occupants. The unit’s evaporator coils and fins should also be thoroughly checked and cleaned to keep your system running.

Buying the Wrong AC Unit

Some homeowners may think that the larger the unit, the better it performs. This is simply not the case. Purchasing a unit with the wrong measurements can pose several problems. For example, an oversized unit might cycle on and off too quickly. This makes it ineffective at keeping humidity at controlled levels and maintaining uniform temperatures. An experienced AC company will consider the size, insulation, and occupancy of the room before installing a unit.

Setting the Thermostat Too Low

Setting the temperature at a lower level than needed quickly spikes up your utility bills. The smaller the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures, the less you will spend. One thing you can do is purchase a programmable thermostat that can automatically raise the temperature when you’re away from home.

Not Running the AC Unit 

If you leave the air conditioning unit shut off for long periods of time, don’t expect it to work as efficiently as when you were regularly using it. An idle unit can attract mold and other moisture-related issues. Try to run the air conditioner for a few minutes everyday to protect the quality of indoor air and avoid making a call for an AC repair.

For expert heating and cooling services, turn to Poormans Heating & Air. We make sure to provide your home with reliable products and workmanship. Call us at (260) 200-4811 for more details, or fill out our contact form to request a quote.