4 Common Air Conditioning Mistakes
The theory of air conditioning seems fairly simple: Press the Power button, sit back and wait to be enveloped by beautifully conditioned air in a climate-controlled environment. Unfortunately, life’s not always that simple, and HVAC systems are far more complex than many home- and business owners imagine.
To make life a whole lot easier, keep up with AC maintenance, and install a modern AC system from Royal Refrigeration, Heating and Air Conditioning. We provide repair, replacement and maintenance services with help available 24 hours a day. If you need assistance with your HVAC system, call us at 702-645-3000.
If you want to prevent AC malfunctions and reduce energy bills, be sure to avoid the following three mistakes:
1. Positioning the Air Conditioner Incorrectly
In the past, many consumers hid their large, unsightly air conditioners in an unused corner of the home or office, out of sight from customers and guests. Often, the chosen position was in direct sunlight or in a particularly hot area of the building.
As a result, the AC had to work twice as hard to circulate cool air to the main regions of the household. Fortunately, modern AC systems aren’t the noisy, unsightly machines they used to be. Professional HVAC services like Royal Refrigeration, Heating and Air Conditioning can identify the ideal location for your AC unit to maximize its efficiency.
2. Running the AC Permanently
During the hot Valley summers, it is very tempting to run air conditioning units 24 hours a day, even when you are not at home. Modern AC units are able to cool a house down in a few minutes, so leaving them on 24/7 might be an unnecessary waste of energy. Instead, consider setting a timer to shut off the AC when no one is home for extended periods of time.
3. Using the Thermostat Incorrectly
While a thermostat offers a great way to maintain a well-controlled internal environment, you may be using it incorrectly. Rather than crank the AC temperature all the way down on a hot day after returning home, set the desired temperature to a comfortable level.
While it may be tempting to push the temperature as low as possible to quickly cool down a room, particularly on a hot day, the reality is that this will use up more energy and leave you with unnecessarily high power bills.
4. Leaving Doors and Windows Open
A common reason for an air conditioner operating at a lower-than-desired level is the regular input of outside air. Particularly in warmer states, just a few seconds of outside air can increase the overall internal temperature, meaning the AC unit will have to work significantly harder to maintain the desired temperature.
While it is not possible to isolate all rooms entirely from the outdoors, be aware that even a single open window can result in higher power bills.