Common Mistakes When Using Your Air Conditioner

By: Anna Lempereur Email
By: Anna Lempereur Email

With the extremely hot weather, we all want to make sure we get the most from our air conditioners.

Officials at Blue Mountain Plumbing, Heating & Cooling said a lot of people think their air conditioners are broken, when they actually aren't using them properly.

They said one very common mistake people make is setting the temperature too low.

General Manager Clarke Brule said it is tough to make it 67 degrees in your home when it is 100 degrees outside, and a lot of units can't handle that big of an adjustment.

He recommends finding something in the mid to low 70's range.

Another mistake is turning the air conditioner off at night.

Brule said when you turn your air conditioner off, you get all the humidity back in the house, and it has to run even harder to get the humidity out again.

He said the same goes for moving the temperature around throughout the day.

"Some thermostats have programming built into them for when people leave to go to work, and those things are understandable. But if you get it to a temperature, and you finally get it to what they call a "set point," it's sort of easier to maintain that temperature if it's not having to adjust for 10 and 11 degrees difference in temperatures, because of these programming swings for when you're going," said Brule.

Brule also said to change your filters frequently - as often as every 30 days.

He said the more expensive filters tend to cut down the air flow, so you're better off with the cheaper ones. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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