Keeping the air conditioner in your Hampton, Georgia, home in top working order is easy if you avoid a few common pitfalls. Forgetting to schedule preventive maintenance, setting the thermostat too low, and ignoring the air filter are common AC mistakes that homeowners make.

Forgetting to Schedule Preventive Maintenance

Air conditioners require annual maintenance to ensure they’re performing well. At your yearly maintenance visit, a service tech will check your air conditioner’s parts for wear and tear, top off the refrigerant, and clean the system. Annual maintenance makes it easier to spot problems when they’re small and still relatively inexpensive to fix. Preventive maintenance helps you avoid expensive repairs and possibly extends the life of the unit.

Setting the Thermostat Too Low

Air conditioners can only get your indoor temperature about 20 degrees below the outdoor temperature. Setting your thermostat below this 20-degree threshold forces your air conditioner to work harder than it should have to. Your AC unit will run all day and never get your home to temperature. You also put unnecessary wear and tear on the system while driving up your utility bills.

Ignoring Your Air Filter

Filters remove dust and allergens from the air that passes through your HVAC system. After a few months, they become so clogged they can’t effectively cleanse the air. A dirty air filter impacts your indoor air quality and decreases the efficiency of your HVAC unit. Change your filter every three or four months to keep your system running well. If you tend to forget, set a reminder on your phone or invest in a smart thermostat that will send you maintenance reminders.

Overlooking Ventilation

Proper ventilation is key to a comfortable, healthy home. Adequate airflow rids your home of indoor air pollutants, prevents moisture buildup, and purges bad smells. To improve your home’s ventilation, consider installing a whole-home ventilation system.

Corbin Comfort Systems can help you avoid common AC mistakes and keep your air conditioner in good working order. Give us a call at 404-461-9796 today.

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