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Air Conditioning Habits That May Be Affecting Your System

You may be causing your air conditioning unit to have a shorter lifespan with your usage habits and not even know it. Some of the things you are or aren't doing could end up shortening the life of your unit and cause costly breakdowns as well. Read on for a few of the things you may or may not be doing, as well as care tips to help keep your air conditioner running.

Turning Off Your System Too Often

Turning off your system because you have cool air outside may seem like a good idea, but if it's humid out, this isn't a good idea. Your air conditioner helps pull out humidity. When it's turned off, the fan on your system is still going to run.

When this happens, you end up with more humidity in your home. This defeats the purpose of turning off the air conditioner in the first place.

Leave your air conditioner running, but adjust the temperature setting if you need to. If it's cool outside and you don't have any humidity, then turn off the air conditioner.

Forgetting To Change Your Air Filter

Changing the air filter may not be one of the chores you remember to do, but it is one you'll regret not having done when your air conditioner breaks down. Changing the air filter in your system takes only a few minutes of your time and is a simple task.

Pull out the old filter and insert the new one. If you don't change the air filter, it can cause your system to "choke" from not getting enough air, and your system will shut down completely. 

Over-Adjusting The Thermostat

Just as with turning off the air conditioner, if you over-adjust the temperature on your thermostat, it can cause your system to work too hard to try and get to the correct temperature. Don't make changes to the temperature more than four degrees at a time.

When your system over-works, it can cause an increase in your energy bill, but it can also wear out your system, and you may end up with a premature breakdown. Use the setting schedule on your thermostat (if your unit has one) to make adjustments to the temperature when you are going to be away from home, and make sure the changes are only a few degrees.

Your air conditioning usage habits may be the reason for breakdowns and costly repairs. Change your habits to ensure your system works as it should and for longer. If your system breaks down, contact an air conditioning repair services company for help.


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