In Florida, having a working air conditioning system is essential. Homeowners often make mistakes that lead to hefty repair bills or shorten the life of an HVAC system. Whether you’re trying to cut corners or make the house more aesthetically pleasing, some solutions just end up causing more problems. Here are some common air conditioning mistakes and how to avoid them:
Buying the Wrong Size
Bigger is not always better. Make sure to find an air conditioning system that is rated for the size of your home. One that’s rated for a smaller space will work overtime to cool the air, and it will struggle to meet the demands of the space. A unit that’s rated for a larger space than you have will constantly turn on and off in an attempt to work more efficiently. Pick an air conditioning unit that’s the right size for your house, and find the perfect spot before having it installed.
Picking the Wrong Place
You may be tempted to place an HVAC unit out of sight. While it’s good to provide shade for the unit, hiding it may not be the best option. Placing the air conditioner behind plants can hinder ventilation and clog condenser coils with leaves and twigs, which will make it run less efficiently. Place it in a shady spot on the east or north side of the house, where the sun isn’t always shining. The better your placement, the less unnecessary strain you will be putting on your air conditioning unit.
Making it Work Too Hard
Sometimes, it feels like your AC unit is taking too long to cool down, so you may try turning down the temperature to make it work faster. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. It also doesn’t help to keep it running constantly. When no one’s home, turn up the temperature. Keep the blinds closed when you’re gone as well, so you won’t be letting the sun’s heat into the house. If you notice your unit working a little too hard, consider upgrading your thermostat. Newer thermostats can be programmed to keep your house at different temperatures throughout the day so you can set it and forget it.
To the average person, maintenance is a drag. However, with heavy machinery like an HVAC unit, maintenance is essential. One step that many homeowners skip is replacing the air filters. Air filters should be replaced every 90 days if you do not have furry pets, or every 60 days if you do. The unit also needs cleaning, as well as tuning and checkups. No matter how regularly you maintain it, eventually, your unit will need to be replaced. It’s best to get it inspected before the temperatures go up in summer, as that is when the most strain is put on the systems and most often when they break down for good.
If you think your system may be on the fritz, call a professional AC repair company like All Temp. They will inspect it for you and see if you need a replacement or just a repair. Our full-service Kissimmee air conditioning team at All Temp will install, inspect, maintain and repair your HVAC system, as well as performing warranty work on most brands. We also offer emergency repairs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To learn more about our services, contact us online or give us a call at (407) 857-7800.