The temperatures in North Carolina can soar past triple-digits when summer hits the region, and homeowners throughout the area beat the heat by relying on their home cooling systems. While having a high-performance air conditioner in your home can make summer days much more pleasant, getting the most out of your system requires a bit of forethought and planning.
Cooling-off your home may seem as easy as pushing the “on” button on your A/C system, but have you taken the steps needed to ensure that you don’t fall into the common pitfalls of running an air conditioner unit in the peak season?
At Happy Home Heating & Cooling, our goal is make sure that you get the performance, comfort, and efficiency that you deserve out of your air conditioning system, and we’ve put together a list of the most common pitfalls that homeowners experience—so you can avoid falling into the trap of broken-down systems and skyrocketing utility costs:
Starting Off With the Wrong System
It may seem like A/C systems are all very similar—after all, every style of unit is designed to cool-off a home! However, that just isn’t the case, and ending up with the wrong system is a common problem that homeowners find themselves in if they didn’t do their research before installation.
You need to ensure that your A/C unit is properly sized to the space that you’re cooling to keep your system running smoothly in the summer heat. You’ll also need to take into account the positioning of your unit, as a shaded, unrestricted space is the best choice for ensuring your system functions efficiently.
Running Your A/C Unit Constantly (or Not at All!)
In the heart of summer, running your A/C unit day and night—without a break—is common in many homes. In other households, people try to save money on utility costs by barely running their A/C unit at all! Either way, this can lead to issues with your HVAC system, costing you much more money down the road.
Failing to Schedule Regular Maintenance
Working Against the Efficiency of Your System
Modern-day air conditioners are more efficient than ever before, but that doesn’t mean that you can expect superior performance if you’re taking steps to work against the cooling power of your unit. Leaving windows and doors open to outside air can cause heat and humidity to enter into your home—upping your energy costs and causing your A/C unit to work much harder than it should. It’s also important to use supplement means of home cooling when you want your air conditioner to perform well on the hottest summer days, and keeping your ceiling fans running is a simple and cost-effective way to help circulate cooled air throughout your home.