3 AC Mistakes to Always Avoid

Coast Plumbing, Heating & Air

HVAC units have become necessities in our daily lives, but there’s a lot that the average homeowner doesn’t know about them. This is true whether we’re just talking about purchasing a new unit, setting the thermostat, or taking care of maintenance. Keep reading for helpful tips.

  1. Size

When purchasing a new HVAC unit, make sure that it is the right size for your home, meaning that it’s not too big or too small. There are a few factors that you should take into consideration, including:

  • Location

  • Insulation

  • Square footage

The problem with buying a unit that is not the right size for your home is that it will operate very inefficiently, it will cycle on and off often, and will likely burn out faster because of its inefficient energy use and operation.

  1. Temperature

Try to keep your thermostat as close to a constant temperature as possible. Obviously, you will need to adjust it as the weather changes, but keep it within two or three degrees. Even if you are going away on vacation, don’t shut your system off all the way. You will spend a great deal of money, getting your home back to the temperature you desire.

Additionally, the closer you keep your indoor thermostat to the temperature outside of your home, the less money you will spend on heating and cooling costs.

  1. Air Filters

Many homeowners forget about their air filters; more specifically, they forget that they need to be replaced every few months. How often they need to be replaced depends on a few factors, including:

  • Size of the home

  • How many residents live in the home

  • Are there kids in the house?

  • Are there pets in the home?

  • Does anyone have allergies or sensitivities?

Usually, air filters should be replaced every six months at most, but if you have kids, pets, or smokers in the home, the filters should be replaced closer to every two months.

If you ever have questions or need help with your HVAC unit, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Coast Plumbing, Heating & Air.

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