Staying cool during the hot, humid summers in Birmingham, Alabama, is a challenge, and many people make mistakes that waste energy and raise their utility bills. If you forget to use your ceiling fans or put your thermostat near a door or window, your air conditioner will have to work harder. This could shorten its life. You should also avoid energy mistakes like closing your vents, keeping an old air conditioner, and skipping regular maintenance.
Closing Your Vents
Closing vents or air registers and doors to unused rooms won’t help you save energy. It could actually increase your energy costs, especially if you close a door or vent to a room that has a thermostat. Since that room will stay warmer than the rest of your home, your air conditioner will keep working even after the rest of your home is comfortable. You should also avoid putting rugs or furniture close to your vents.
Keeping an Old Air Conditioner
If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old or you have frequent breakdowns, replacing your unit can save energy and keep you more comfortable. Newer HVAC systems use more efficient technology, and many parts for older systems are hard to find and expensive. Worn components and wiring can also reduce your indoor air quality or cause a fire hazard.
If your air conditioner is working fine, you might want to save some money by skipping regular maintenance. However, not maintaining your system could let a minor problem become a major breakdown. Have your air conditioner inspected by a professional once per year and change your air filter once per month to avoid problems and save energy.
One Source Heating and Cooling has more than 20 years of experience, and we can help you install, maintain, and repair a variety of heating and air conditioning equipment. Call us anytime at 205-209-4246 for excellent service and more advice on saving energy from one of our expert technicians.
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