As the temperatures outside rise, so do the energy bills. Your air conditioner is probably the biggest consumer of electricity in your home, even more than your furnace in the winter. This means it’s also probably the most expensive. And if you make some of the most common mistakes homeowners make, it’s costing you more than it should. Getzschman Heating & Cooling wants to keep you comfortable when it comes to your home, and your wallet this season. So, we’ve compiled a list of the most common air conditioning mistakes homeowners make and how you can fix them.
Turning Off the AC When You Leave for the Day
This very expensive mistake is a common misconception. Many people think that turning off your AC during the day while you’re at work will save you money because your system isn’t running for several hours. In reality, it will cost you more though. That’s because it takes an enormous amount of energy for your air conditioner to get your home back to a comfortable temperature again. Instead, we suggest your turn your thermostat up a few degrees (5-7 is usually sufficient) during the day when you’re out of the house. Use your programmable thermostat to set the temperature by time of day. This will keep your system efficient, your home comfortable, and save you up to 10% annually on your heating & cooling bills.
If you’re following these best practices and still seeing high bills every month, you might have a more serious problem with your AC system. If that’s the case, call one of our G-Force rapid response technicians to come address the issue.
Cranking the Air Conditioner to Cool Your Home Quickly
Another mistake many homeowners make is trying to cool their home quickly by drastically turning down the thermostat. Cranking the AC doesn’t actually cool your home any quicker, though. All it does it make your air conditioning system work at maximum capacity, which only ends up costing you more on your next energy bill. If you want a quick fix while your AC system does its thing, try turning on your ceiling fans. This can help your room feel up to 5 degrees cooler.
For air conditioning tips, repairs and installation, call Getzschman Heating & Cooling at 1800-657-2158.