24/7 HVAC & Plumbing Services

Habits you can Change to Improve the Air Quality in your Home

In most households, saving money on basic things is important in order to run a cost-efficient home. Electricity is a big expense for homeowners, and the bill increases according to electricity usage. Most of the electricity used in the home during the warmer months is by the air conditioner. This is one area where homeowners can save money. By becoming aware of certain habits that need to change, the home will run more smoothly. The first tip for saving money is to choose the air conditioner size correctly. Sometimes, people think that bigger air conditioners will provide more home comfort and feel that it is the best for the home. This is not always true. Using an air conditioner unit that is too big for the home will not provide uniform temperatures or lessen humidification, so in this case, bigger is not necessarily better. Make sure to contact us and we can advise you on what type of air conditioner would be right for you and your home.

Set the Thermostat Properly

Placement of the thermostat and proper usage can help save money. Many times when people come home from work, they flip the thermostats to an excessively low level thinking it will make the air conditioner get colder faster. This is not true and can damage the unit and cost more money when the unit works harder to get to the low temperature. It will not enhance the air conditioning and repairs may be necessary from overuse. The placement of thermostats is another great factor to consider when saving money. It should never be located around warmer items, like televisions, lamps, or stereos. This could accidentally trick the thermostat into working harder than is required.

Know where to Place the Air Conditioner

Another common mistake that wastes money is placing the air conditioner in a spot that collects heat. Just because there is an available space beside the house does not make it the best choice. Make sure that the unit is placed in a shady spot or else it will have to work harder than necessary. Being in direct sunlight hinders the unit from working properly. Similarly, you will not want to place it behind bushes or shrubs to hide the unit. This will obstruct ventilation and can clog the condenser coils so that repair is needed, along with making it less efficient to run.

Consider Ductless Air Conditioning

If your home currently uses several window air conditioning units to provide home comfort, it would be less expensive to cool the area with ductless air conditioning. These units are revolutionary cooling solutions and situate in one or two story homes. Many homeowners are switching to the ductless air conditioning these days, due to the money saving factor of running traditional air conditioning units. In addition, some of these units are called heat pumps and double as a heater for warming the home in the winter months. Having the ductless units installed in the home will save money on air conditioning and repairs, along with helping you heat your home more efficiently in later months. You can also contact us at (651) 504-1556 and we can advise you if ductless air conditioning would be beneficial for your home.