Summer is right around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about air conditioning. But, of course, if you’re like most people, you’ll be turning to professionals to install your AC unit.
However, if you’re not careful, you could make common mistakes that could cost you a lot of money and inconvenience. This blog post will discuss ten mistakes you should avoid when installing your AC unit. Let’s get started!
1) Ignoring Sizing Issues
The first and most common mistake people make when installing their AC unit is not paying attention to sizing. Getting an AC unit that is too big or small for your home can cause several problems, including making your home uncomfortable, increasing energy bills, and shortening the unit’s lifespan.
When you hire a professional to install your AC unit, they will consider the size of your home, the number of windows, the insulation, and other factors to ensure that you get a properly sized unit for your home.
2) Using the AC Unit as a Dehumidifier
Another common mistake is using the AC unit to remove humidity from the air instead of using a dehumidifier. While your AC unit will remove some moisture from the air, it is not designed to be used as a dehumidifier and can cause several problems.
For example, it may result in your home feeling cold and damp, or you may find that your AC unit is freezing up. In addition, using your AC unit as a dehumidifier can cause your energy bills to skyrocket.
An expert company will install the right size unit for your home and consider factors such as the local climate, the layout of your home, and the number of people who live there.
3) Not Checking the Air Filter
One of the most important and easiest tasks to do on your own is to check and replace your air filter. A clogged air filter will restrict airflow and make your system work harder than it needs to. As a result, it can lead to several problems, including decreased efficiency, higher utility bills, and shortened equipment life.
Expert HVAC technicians will always check your air filter during their service call.
4) Not Updating or Setting Your Thermostat
The thermostat is the brain behind your air conditioner. A new, programmable thermostat will save you money on your energy bill and allow you to control the temperature in your home better. You can also set the temperature higher when you are away at work or on vacation to save even more money.
Professional technicians can help you select and install the best thermostat for your home. They will also be able to show you how to program it so that you can get the most out of it.
5) Closing Unused Vents
It might seem like a good way to save energy, but it can do more harm than good. When you close a vent, the air has nowhere to go but back into your AC unit. It puts extra strain on the unit and can cause it to break down prematurely. It’s best to keep the vents open and let the cool air flow freely.
Precision Heating & Air Conditioning has been servicing the Austin and Central Texas area for over 15 years. We know a thing or two about AC installation, so avoid these common mistakes by hiring professionals. It will save you time and money in the long run and give you peace of mind knowing your home is comfortable all summer long.