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Avoid Air Conditioning Mistakes!

Avoid Air Conditioning Mistakes!

Posted: June 16, 2020

A properly functioning air conditioning system makes it easy for you to stay cool, especially when we expect to be staying indoors a lot more often this summer. To take some of the heat off, here are some tips to help everything run more smoothly.

Don’t ignore your system

Over time, dirt and debris build up inside a system, lowering efficiency. Not only will your home become uncomfortable, you will also spend a lot more money on electric bills. You also risk a costly repair and the loss of your manufacturer’s equipment warranty, which can be voided if a proper maintenance schedule is not followed.

Be sure to contact us to inspect your air conditioning system at least once a year. On your own, you should change or clean the system’s air filter on a regular basis to keep your system running as efficiently as possible.

Don’t overtax your system

You can take of the pressure off your cooling system by running ceiling fans when your air conditioning system is on. This will move cool air more efficiently around your home, creating a wind chill effect. Using ceiling fans allow you to keep your home comfortable at higher room temperatures.

Be patient

Some people turn off their cooling system when everyone leaves the house for the day. When they get back home, especially on a hot day, they will turn the thermostat as low as possible to speed up the cooling process.

But this won’t cool your house any faster! It just keeps your system working longer than necessary and will cost you money, especially if you forgot to reset the thermostat to an energy-saver mode.

The best advice is to program your thermostat at a set level, For most people, a comfortable temperature ranges between 76-79 degrees.

Make your thermostat smarter

You should also consider upgrading to a wireless smart thermostat. This lets you view and change temperature settings, check indoor humidity levels and more, all from your smartphone, PC or tablet device. You can even receive alerts when you’re away from home to let you know if there is a sudden or drastic change in temperature or humidity that could indicate a breakdown.

Keep your outdoor condenser clear

Don’t block off your outside air conditioning unit with plants, shrubs or other objects. Make sure there is 18-30 inches of clear space around the unit to allow it to “breathe.”

This helps it run more efficiently. Don’t stack anything on top of the unit either, like garden hoses or landscaping tools and products. When mowing the lawn, position the mower away from the unit. This will help you prevent grass clippings and other debris from getting blown into your system and reducing its efficiency.

If you’re having problems with your air conditioning system, feel free to contact us to set up an appointment.

We’ve instructed all of our service technicians (and drivers) to take extra precautions when coming into contact with customers in their homes or businesses. They each have hand sanitizers, and are being instructed to keep a safe distance from customers. We want to err on the side of caution, even if it feels awkward at times. It’s all being done in the interest of utmost safety while still helping you when you need us.

Preventing problems in the first place

To ward off any unnecessary problems, we recommend adding service plan coverage for your central air conditioning or heat pump system.

Our Premium Protection Central Air Conditioning Coverage includes:

  • FREE overtime charges
  • FREE annual air conditioning tune-up and inspection
  • FREE parts and labor on most things that typically go wrong with your system
  • priority service

Our Stay Cool Plan Air Conditioning Coverage includes:

  • reduced diagnostic fee of $49
  • 15% discount on all parts and labor (excludes replacement or installations of air conditioning system)
  • priority service
  • annual tune-up included
  • $50 in Loyalty Credits for year the plan is renewed

Read more about our air conditioning plans and check out our coverage for heat pumps.