Many people end up cooling their homes the wrong way, and that can cost you.

Using your air conditioner seems fairly straightforward. You set your thermostat on a specific temperature, and then your air conditioner cools your home until it reaches that temperature. With so few steps, it’s hard to believe that there’s any room for error, but in reality, it’s easy to make mistakes that leave you with higher energy bills and a system that has to work a lot harder than it should. In our last blog, we went over a few ways not to cool your home this summer. Keep reading to learn more.

#5. Your air conditioner is located in the wrong spot.

It might be surprising to learn that where and how your air conditioner is positioned can have a noticeable impact on how efficient and effective it is. If your unit is hidden away behind some shrubs or trees in your hard, you could actually be causing it to run less efficiently. Your air conditioner needs lots of space in order to work properly, but that doesn’t mean that you should put it out in the open, where it will be blasted by the sun. The more direct sunlight that shines on your air conditioner, the harder it will have to work to keep your home cool. It’s also important to note that your thermostat should not be in direct sunlight or next to a hot lamp. Even though your home may be cool and comfortable, the heat on your thermostat tricks it into continually cooling your home.

#6. You don’t use your ceiling fans.

Contrary to popular belief, your ceiling fan doesn’t have to be an alternative to your air conditioner. In fact, you can stay cooler and more comfortable, while saving more energy, if you use your ceiling fan in unison with your air conditioner. Using your ceiling fan gives your air conditioner a bit of a break, and makes it possible to turn your thermostat up a few degrees without really feeling it. However, make sure that you turn your ceiling fan off when you aren’t home. Ceiling fans won’t actually change the temperature in your home, but they will make you feel a few degrees cooler, so you should only use yours when you are home to enjoy it.

#7. You neglect to maintain your air conditioner.

In order to make sure that your air conditioner is running as efficiently as possible, it needs to be maintained on a regular basis. If you didn’t get your air conditioner tuned up before the summer, then there’s a strong possibility that your energy bills are higher than they have to be. In addition to helping you save more on your home cooling costs, HVAC maintenance prevents your system from working harder than it has to, which could prevent you from having to replace it prematurely.

#8. You installed a bigger unit than you needed to.

Most people assumed that, when it comes to air conditioners, bigger is better, but the reality is that it’s best to have the right size of unit for your home than the biggest possible unit. If your air conditioner is too big for your home, it will have a harder time keeping your home’s temperatures at a consistent level, and it will constantly cycle on and off, which uses excessive energy. It’s always smart to have a professional HVAC contractor calculate the cooling capacity your home needs before you buy a new unit.

Don’t let an innocent mistake leave you with higher than necessary energy bills, or worse — a broken air conditioner. Save more and stay comfortable by turning to Apex Home Energy Savings for all of your air conditioning maintenance, repair and installation needs. Contact us today!