Am I using my air conditioner too much?

With heat indexes above 110, there’s no denying that summer has arrived in the Lowcountry. As the temperature creeps up, it can be hard to keep your house or business cool without the proper equipment. Are you worried that you may be using your air conditioner too much? Read on to get advice from our expert technicians. 

Is it normal for an AC unit to run all day?

An air conditioner unit that runs all the time is likely costing you a lot of money and isn’t very efficient. In order to properly heat and cool your house, you must ensure your unit is the proper size. Too small? Then it’s likely that part of your house is an oven. When your air conditioner is too small, the unit will constantly run in an attempt to maintain or reach the cooler temperature you have set. 

If your machine is constantly running, it will reduce pressure in the evaporator or cooling coil. It can even cause your unit to freeze over. The freezing of the coil can cause liquid refrigerant to run back into the unit’s compressor and damage it.

Is insulation impacting my AC unit?

Who would have thought that insulation would make a difference with your air conditioning unit, but the amount of insulation in your house does have an impact. If your insulation is poor and allows airflow into your home, your air conditioning unit is likely working overtime to keep your house or business cool. 

Does my AC unit need regular maintenance?

The short answer? Yes, it does. Changing out your air filters is key to ensuring that your machine runs efficiently and not all day long. Depending on how often it is running, your filters should be switched out at least every three months or even more frequently. If you don’t keep up with the filters, you’ll spend more money on your energy bill, which will reduce the lifespan of your machine.

What else can I do to keep my AC unit from running all the time?

It can be hard not to run your unit all day in the summer, especially in Charleston, so be sure you use your ceiling fans to circulate air. Double-check that fans are moving air downwards. Additionally, when you leave the house or go to bed, be sure to reprogram your air conditioning unit to the proper temperature. 

Looking for more tips to keep your house cool in the summer? Contact our team today for information, expert advice and a free estimate for a new air conditioning system!