Believe it or not, there’s actually a wrong way to keep your home cool.

We all want to stay cool and comfortable, especially here in Granbury, where it’s warm for the majority of the year. However, it can be easier said than done, and it’s easy to make mistakes that make your air conditioner more expensive and less efficient. At Apex Home Energy Savings, not only do we offer air conditioning repair, installation and maintenance, but we are also your go-to energy experts, and we are dedicated to helping you save more and improve your energy efficiency. Here are a few ways not to cool your home this summer:

#1. You don’t clean out or change your system’s filters.

The more you have the rely on your air conditioner, the more often you should clean out or change its filters. During most of the year, you can probably get away with changing or cleaning your filters every three months or so, but during the summer, when your air conditioner is running all day every day, it’s best to do so on a monthly basis. Many people don’t clean their filters as they should, and that neglect could add up to 15 percent onto your air conditioning costs. Neglecting to change your filters also takes years off of your system’s life. It’s much cheaper and easier to take two minutes to clean or replace your filters than it is to have to replace your entire air conditioner.

#2. You leave your air conditioner running all the time.

There is a common myth out there that it costs less to leave your air conditioner running at the same temperature all the time than it is to turn your thermostat up when you leave for the day and back down when you get home, and you should know that it’s just that — a myth. In reality, when your air conditioner is constantly running at the same temperatures as when you are home, it will only result in higher energy bills. Plus, it adds wear and tear to your system that could make premature replacement necessary. It’s expensive to keep your air conditioner running when there’s no one home to enjoy it, and one of the best ways to avoid that without having to manually turn your thermostat up and down is by installing and programming an automatic thermostat in your home.

#3. You close or block vents in rooms you aren’t using.

If you have a guest room or a rarely-used office in your home, then it makes sense that you don’t want to have to spend your hard-earned money to pump cool air into it, so you close or block the vents to that room. But here’s the kicker: when you block or close the vents to the rooms you aren’t using, it actually has the opposite affect on your energy bills than what you probably intended. Central air conditioners work by cooling the entire home to the temperature you set your thermostat at. When you block the air from getting into one or two rooms, it prevents those rooms from reaching that temperature, and that will cause your system to work even harder, leading to higher energy bills and putting more strain on your system.

#4. You set your thermostat at a low temp to cool your home more quickly.

We get it — it’s hot outside. You don’t want to be stuck feeling hot and uncomfortable for even a minute longer than necessary, so in order to make your home cooler faster, you crank the thermostat way down. But unfortunately, your system just wasn’t designed to work that way. Central air conditioners cool on a consistent pace, so no matter how low you set your thermostat, your home won’t get cooler any faster. Additionally, you’ll end up with higher energy bills if you don’t remember to turn your thermostat back up again once your home is cool.

Want to learn more ways not to cool your home this summer? If so, please stay tuned for our next blog.

In the meantime, whether you are in need of air conditioning repair, installation or maintenance, or you want to lower your energy bills, please give us a call! We offer competitive rates and free home energy audits.