When the weather outside starts to get hot and humid, an air conditioner can become one of the most important appliances in your home. Not only does it keep you cool and comfortable, but it also helps to improve the air quality inside your home and can even help to reduce your energy bills.
Currently only 5% of UK homes have air conditioning units installed compared to over 90% in the US. But with temperatures regularly hotting up each year, more and more households are installing air conditioning units to keep cool during the summer and also reduce their energy bills.
But before you go out and buy an air conditioner, there are a few things you should know about proper installation. These mistakes can cause a variety of problems, from reducing the efficiency of your AC unit to making it more likely that you’ll experience a breakdown. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at three of the biggest mistakes people make when installing air conditioning so that you can avoid them.
1. Not getting a professional installation
One of the most common mistakes people make when installing air conditioning is trying to do it themselves. While it’s possible to install an AC unit on your own, it’s not recommended. Air conditioners are complex machines, and unless you have experience working with them, it’s very easy to make a mistake that could cause serious problems down the road.
Not only that, but professional AC installation companies have access to the tools and resources that you probably don’t have access to. They also have the experience needed to properly install your AC unit so that it operates at peak efficiency. When we install air conditioning units we talk you through the best and most efficient options for your home to help ensure that your AC unit lasts for many years and reduces your energy bills as efficiently as possible.
2. Not installing a programmable thermostat
Another mistake people make is not installing a programmable thermostat with their air conditioner. A programmable thermostat will allow you to set different temperatures for different times of day so that you’re not cooling your home when no one is there. This can save you a significant amount of money on your energy bill each month. We always install a programmable thermostat for every air conditioning installation we carry out.
3. Not cleaning or changing the filter regularly
After you’ve installed your AC unit, it’s important to maintain it on a regular basis. This means regularly changing the filter and keeping the area around your unit free of debris such as leaves and twigs. Neglecting to do this can lead to a number of problems such as reduced efficiency and premature breakdowns. Most filters should be cleaned or changed every three months. Additionally, if you wait too long between maintenance appointments, you may void your warranty entirely.
By taking proper care of your AC unit, you can help to ensure that it lasts for many years and continues to operate at peak efficiency throughout its lifetime. Thankfully, maintaining an AC unit is relatively simple and only requires a few minutes of your time each month.