Your home’s air conditioning system is one of those things that works so well most of the time, that you almost forget it is there. But when it isn’t working well, especially here in Texas, you will definitely notice. It’s such an important part of your home, that it is imperative that you treat it right.
Ignoring proper air conditioning management will raise your energy bills, decrease the efficiency of your system, and ultimately require additional costly and time-consuming repairs. So, avoid these common mistakes and reap the cool rewards!
Not changing air filters
The air filter is the lifeline of your air conditioning system. Try to imagine running a marathon while breathing through a straw. You will try your best, but eventually, you are going to give out. Running the system with dirty air filters does the same thing to your air conditioning system. Make sure that you change those filters once a month and keep your air conditioner breathing freely all summer.
It may feel like a lot of money to spend when everything is running fine but checking on the unit while its working is just like getting a physical at the doctor. Preventative maintenance saves much more money in the long run. Our friendly professionals can catch small issues before they get out of control.
Not using a programmable thermostat
A programmable thermostat gives you automated control on how and when the unit runs. Running the air conditioner at 72 degrees 24/7 wastes energy and ultimately reduces the life span of your unit.
Outdoors, you want to make sure your unit has at least 24 inches of clearance from shrubs and other structures all the way around. if you have furniture in front of intake vents, move it out 4 inches to let the air enter the vent. Don’t close off supply vents in rooms that aren’t in use, either. Your unit is designed to use all of the available ductwork and vents! Closing vents off only adds stress to your unit.
Follow these expert tips year-round, and give us a call today to schedule your next air conditioning system maintenance appointment! Gentry Air Conditioning is here to keep you and your family comfortable no matter what the Texas weather brings.