Investing in a central air conditioning system for your Montgomery County home can be one of the most rewarding decisions that you as a homeowner can make. The comfort afforded by the constant temperature and minimal humidity can make a huge difference in the quality of your time at home. Considering the substantial costs associated with installing central air conditioning, it is important to maximize the return on your investment. Here are a few common air conditioning mistakes to avoid.

Common Air Conditioning Mistakes 

First, make sure your air conditioning unit is properly sized. This has to be one of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make…purchasing and installing units that are either oversized (causing it to constantly cycle on and off and increase energy bills) or undersized (causing it to struggle to properly cool the space for which it was installed). Consult your heating and air conditioning expert and verify their recommendations with Energy Star.

Second, make sure your air conditioning unit receives regularly scheduled maintenance. Unfortunately, many homeowners ignore this critical advice until something breaks down and they find themselves sweltering mid-summer with no air conditioning. B.M.C/Clower Heating and Cooling recommends changing your air filters at least every other month during the summer and checking the evaporator coil at least once per year. Simple maintenance simply makes sense as it extends the life of your investment and secures years of summer comfort.

Third, make sure you don’t leave the air conditioner on all day. Have your HVAC company install a programmable thermostat or unit timer to turn the system off when you leave and on just before you return home. This will help save on energy bills and maximize your air conditioning system’s efficiency.

Finally, make sure you are using the system properly. Many people come home and crank their air conditioning systems way down to 70 degrees thinking that it will cool their space faster. This is simply not the case. If you turn your system up when you leave the house (which is a good idea, see the previous point), just turn it down to the desired temperature when you return. It will do its job and bring the comfort to you if you use it properly.

So, to recap, don’t over/under size, don’t neglect maintenance, don’t leave your AC unit running all day and don’t crank it past the desired temperature thinking it will cool down faster. Avoiding these common air conditioning mistakes will help you maximize your HVAC system investment.