It’s common knowledge that air conditioners consume a lot of electricity. What many don’t know is that simple mistakes in operating an air conditioner can increase its electricity consumption.
In this post, our HVAC repair technicians show you how not to run your AC.
1. Not turning on your AC for extended periods.
It’s a good rule of thumb for homeowners to run their air conditioner for a few minutes every day to make sure it’ll run properly when you turn it on. After all, you can’t expect your AC to run smoothly after letting it sit idle for so long. That’s because mold may have crept in while it was off.
If you’re often away from home, you can install a WiFi thermostat, which you can turn on and off remotely. WiFi thermostats also help improve indoor comfort. While you’re on your way home, you can turn the thermostat on remotely so you can enjoy cool, comfortable temperatures by the time you arrive.
2. Not routinely changing your AC’s air filters.
In general, you should replace your air filters every three months, or every two months if you have pets in your home. If indoor airflow is interrupted by dirty filters, your evaporator coil may freeze up, increasing your cooling costs by as much as 15% and potentially shortening your system’s lifespan.
3. Forgetting to have your AC maintained regularly.
Don’t forget to have an experienced technician maintain and inspect your AC at least once a year. Routine maintenance ensures your AC runs efficiently all year ’round, while routine inspections ensure AC repairs are conducted before other components are damaged.
Make sure to vet a technician before hiring them. Here’s a vetting tip: the number of years they’ve been working in the industry should give you a good idea of their level of expertise.
Schmitt has been providing professional HVAC services, including AC and heating repair services, to local residents since 1876. For inquiries, call us at (415) 689-7849 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in San Francisco, CA, as well as the surrounding communities.