During the dog days of sweltering summer heat, most Kentuckians can be found inside our homes thanks to modern HVAC systems that keep us cool. However, there are some common errors that incidentally result in higher cooling bills that can easily be avoided.
These are the top three AC no-no’s that homeowners make along with solutions that can introduce lower bills in addition to minimizing stress on the system itself.
1. Failing to Change AC Filters Routinely
Air filters range in cost from just a few dollars for disposal models up to higher-priced cleanable options. Beyond the cost of replacing expensive AC filters, many homeowners simply forget. However, these essential air conditioner components help to keep mold, debris, dust and other contaminants at bay.
Failure to replace or perform cleanings monthly or at least every three months as directed by the manufacturer can result in a clogged system that is susceptible to malfunctioning. Without a clean filter, AC systems work harder and lead to premature failure and higher electric bills.
2. Neglecting to Schedule Routine HVAC Maintenance
It’s no secret that routine maintenance on major appliances and home systems is vital to smooth operations and premature breakdown. The heating and air conditioning components are some of the most expensive to replace, and the financial burdens that accommodate major repairs are nothing to sneeze at, either.
Fortunately, through bi-annual HVAC maintenance, homeowners can enjoy the benefits of having a professional do routine inspections that detect issues and clean the system simultaneously. These service calls involve cleaning and lubricating indoor and outdoor components and inspecting for potential issues on the horizon.
3. Using a Traditional Manual Thermostat
The days of having to physically change the temperature on the thermostat are far in the past. Today, ultra-affordable smart thermostats can pay for themselves in less than three months—including installation and the cost of the device itself.
Typically, even the oldest HVAC systems are compatible with smart thermostats, which allow homeowners to easily program temperatures for daily settings. Using an app, smart thermostats allow users to adjust settings from anywhere in the world, which can save a great deal of money when plans change suddenly, or the system is left on while away from home.
Get More from Your Air Conditioning Without Extra Expense – Call Knight’s Mechanical
Contact the HVAC professionals at Knight’s Mechanical if you are ready to upgrade your current system or need maintenance before the temperatures rise. We will keep your home or office worry free.
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