We all want to be comfortable in the summer heat. You may be surprised to learn that mistakes you’re making with your home AC may be undercutting its efficiency and effectiveness. Here are seven of the most common mistakes people make when it comes to home AC, and some simple adjustments that can save you big time:

You Aren’t Changing or Cleaning Your AC Filters

At a minimum, you should be changing the filter on your central AC unit once every three months—and as often as once a month if your system is running all the time.
If you neglect this chore, a dirty filter can lead to poor airflow or even the freezing up of your unit’s evaporator coil. A dirty filter could add 5% to 15% to your AC bill and will shorten the lifespan of your whole system.

You’re Not Having Your System Serviced Annually

Bring in a professional to give your entire system an expert check once a year. This will ensure that you’re getting the most out of your unit and that it lasts you as long as possible – saving you time and money.

Your Thermostat and/or Vents Are Poorly Positioned

If the sun or a nearby lamp blasts your thermostat most of the day, that could throw off its readings and cause it to crank your AC even though most of your home is already cool. Also, blocking AC vents with furniture or curtains can also limit air circulation.

You Don’t Have Blinds or Curtains

Bright sunlight is an enemy of a cool, comfortable room. By closing blinds and sliding curtains to block the sun’s rays, you’ll also shield your space from the unwanted summer heat.

If you have any questions about how to get the most out of your home AC, and to schedule that annual service, give us a call at Gentry Air Conditioning and Heating today!  We are here for you.