Most homeowners feel lost when it comes to their HVAC units. That’s totally normal. The complex system of ducts and vents is intimidating to practically everyone but HVAC experts. In fact, most homeowners regularly make mistakes with their units without realizing it. And in this steaming Georgia summer, everyone could benefit from a more efficient AC unit.
With that in mind, the heating and cooling experts at Bardi have assembled this guide to HVAC mistakes you didn’t know you were making.
1. Neglecting to Change Your Filter
One of the most common mistakes homeowners make regarding their HVAC units is forgetting to change the filter. Air filters collect dirt, dust, and allergens. Not only do these particles reduce the air quality of your home, but they also block airflow, reducing the efficiency of your AC unit.
By changing or cleaning your air filter every one-to-three months, you can reduce the energy used by your AC unit to push air into your home, and avoid the health hazards of indoor air pollution.
2. Relying Solely on your AC Unit to Cool Your Home
Sometimes, your AC unit just needs a little help. Instead of reaching for the thermostat when you feel too warm, try closing the blinds or turning on the fan. Adjusting your thermostat too frequently will force your AC unit to work harder, reducing its efficiency.
3. Avoiding a Replacement
Summers in Atlanta are hot. AC units work hard to keep our community cool and comfortable. But unfortunately, this means that the life expectancy of your AC unit is probably shorter than you think. In Atlanta, the average AC unit lifespan is only 10 to 15 years.
As AC units age, they become less powerful, making you pay more for the same amount of cooling. Though replacing your unit could be financially daunting, it will pay for itself in savings on utility bills and increased comfort for your family.
4. Not Using a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats are an absolute must-have if you want to optimize your AC unit’s efficiency. Programmable thermostats maximize the cost-effectiveness of your AC unit by scheduling cooling to only occur when your family needs it most.
5. Incorrectly Sizing Your HVAC Unit
Contrary to what many homeowners believe, bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to HVAC units. An HVAC unit that is too big will waste energy and money. On the other hand, an HVAC that is too small will run loudly, virtually non-stop, and will fail to evenly cool your home.
To properly size your unit, have an HVAC professional conduct a computerized load calculation.
6. Forgetting about Your AC Drain
Your shower doesn’t function properly with a clogged drain, and neither does your AC unit. The condensation created by your AC unit is channeled to a drain outside your home. Though no solids pass through the drain, algae and sediment collect overtime, leading to blockages.
If these blockages are not cleared, water could drip from your vents onto your floors, furniture, and cabinets, causing damage. To fix this problem use a wet/dry vacuum to suck out the clog.
7. Neglecting Regular Maintenance
Most homeowners rarely think about their HVAC units, until a problem occurs. This is a big mistake. Regular HVAC maintenance can help you optimize the efficiency of your unit, avoid expensive repairs, and extend the lifespan of your unit.
Call us to avoid the HVAC mistakes you didn’t know you were making!
If you are worried about making costly mistakes with your HVAC unit, call Bardi today. Our team of master technicians has delivered expert HVAC and plumbing service to the greater Atlanta area since 1989. To schedule maintenance or repair, call us at 770-263-9300, or schedule an appointment on our website.