Keeping comfortable all summer long starts with maintaining the air conditioner in your Coon Rapids home. It can be tempting to turn down your thermostat and enjoy the cool temps in your home after a long day out in the sun. Many homeowners make some common mistakes when it comes to running and maintaining your AC in the summer. Avoiding these mistakes can help you decrease your energy bills and increase the life span of your unit.
Mistake No. 1: Neglecting Your AC Filters
Many of us forget to change and clean our filters. This quick and easy maintenance tip can increase air flow, decrease your energy bills, and lengthen the life of your unit. We recommend a filter change and cleaning at least once every 3 months, once a month if you are running your AC frequently.
Mistake No 2: Forgetting A Thermostat Adjustment
You can save hundreds of dollars by giving your thermostat some love. Look into purchasing a programmable thermostat that you can adjust for the times when you leave the house for work or other routine outings. Consider purchasing a smart thermostat that you can control from your smart phone. If a programmable thermostat is not in your future, simply turn it down when you leave.
Mistake No 3: Ignoring Your Ceiling Fans
Ignoring your ceiling fans is a big mistake during the summer months. Your ceiling fans can keep cool air circulating while removing some of the burden on your AC system. For maximum benefit, make sure you set your fans to rotate clockwise for greater air flow.
Mistake No 4: Keeping All Vents Open
One easy way to save on your AC bill is close vents in rooms that aren’t being used. Make sure you aren’t cooling those empty rooms by walking through your home for an audit. Close vents that you aren’t using regularly and close any closet doors that typically remain open.
Mistake No 5: Overlooking the Power of the Sun
We love our sunshine when we can get it here in Minnesota. Direct sunlight can heat up your home and your thermostat causing your AC to run harder and longer. Consider closing those blinds or curtains for a few hours each day when you’re in direct sunlight.
Mistake No 6: Avoiding Yearly Maintenance
The biggest mistake we see homeowners making is avoiding yearly maintenance on their AC system. Scheduling a pro can give you peace of mind knowing that your AC is in good shape as you make little repairs along the way.
Here at Twin City Heating and Air, we’re here to help you avoid these sometimes costly mistakes. We offer a Comfort Care Plan which includes a yearly maintenance appointment and our 21-point checklist. For a low monthly cost, your yearly maintenance is covered!