Dispelling Myths About Your New Air Conditioning Unit

Hand with remote control directed on the air conditioner In the United States, approximately three-quarters of households have air conditioning. These account forabout 6% of all the electricity producedin the country, costing homeowners over $29 billion dollars.

Superior Heating & Coolingshares that the St. Louis heat can be brutally hot and humid in the summer. So if you’re a new homeowner and you just installed your air conditioning system, here are myths that you may encounter about the cooling unit.

Cranking the thermostat to its lowest cools the house faster.

You’d want your air conditioning unit to cool the home instantly as the heat becomes unbearable. One way of doing so would be cranking the thermostat to its lowest setting once you get indoors. This, however, is not true, as the unit will cool your house no matter what the temperature it is set to. It won’t cool the air any faster and it may evenlead to unnecessary expense.

Replacing the filters once per year is OK.

Energy Star recommends changing the filters at a minimum of every 3 months. Filters can get dirty and restrict proper airflow, which forces the unit to work harder. Not only does this waste energy, but it may even be the cause of your system’s breakdown.

Routine maintenance is costly, which is why tuning once a year is enough.

Just because it turns on, it doesn’t mean your cooling system is perfectly fine. It may be working, but without considering the little things, such as weird sounds or odors, these may turn into bigger problems that will cost more eventually. Therefore, you need to schedule regular maintenance and tuning with a reliable technician, as they can prevent problems before they even start.

Air conditioning systems are essential to your indoor comfort. So you need to make sure your AC unit is in good working condition all the time. At the first sign of a problem, don’t hesitate to call your technician right away. Prevention goes a long way toward a better performing, durable cooling system.