Air Conditioning Do’s & Don’t’s

Temperatures are going upDo you have doubts about whether you are operating your HVAC system efficiently and effectively? Here are just a few simple ‘do’s’ and ‘don’t’s’ that may help reduce your energy consumption, lower your costs or make your indoor climate more comfortable.

The Air Conditioning DO’S

  • Do Leave Your Thermostat at a Consistent Temperature: It’s actually more cost-effective to run your air conditioner or heat pump longer, at lower operating levels, than to go through frequent on/off cycles. Regularly keeping your thermostat set to ‘on’ means that the system’s compressor is moving moisture from the room. When it is switched off, only the fan is blowing and that causes moisture to be pulled back in the room. Therefore, there’s no cooling with your air conditioner ‘off’ and the humidity level in your house will rise.
  • Do Use Window Treatments To Help Regulate Temperatures: This tip is best in winter. If you have south-facing rooms and have invested in quality curtains and blinds, you can open them when it feels colder in a room or close them if it is getting too toasty.
  • Do Have Your System Cleaned By A Professional, Not DIY: A dirty system is an inefficient system. But that doesn’t mean that you should try to clean it yourself because you could end up damaging important parts of your system and end up spending more money than you would have by hiring a professional in the first place.

The Air Conditioning DON’T’S

  • Don’t Leave Windows Open All The Time: Open windows, particularly during the spring, can have a negative effect on your indoor air quality. That’s because pollutants, allergens and dust will enter your home unfiltered and settle on inside surfaces.
  • Don’t Forget To Change Your Air Filter: Not only can a dirty filter lower indoor air quality, but it can also make your air conditioner’s job harder. A harder working system is less efficient and can suffer from repairs more frequently than a system that doesn’t have to work as hard to distribute air.
  • Don’t Attempt to Fix Your AC System Yourself: Anytime you notice a problem with your heating or air conditioning system, it’s wise to schedule an appointment with a certified HVAC technician like those at Custom Climate Concepts. You can call us at (941) 955-COOL (2665).