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2 Air Conditioning Mistakes You Should Avoid Making

During the heat of the summer, you might dream of keeping your home cool and comfortable. Unfortunately, unless you moonlight as an HVAC repairman, it might be difficult to know exactly how to care for your system. Here are two air conditioning mistakes you should avoid making and why:

1: Blocking Air Returns

When you are in the midst of rearranging your living room, you might focus more on aesthetics than the location of those air returns. Unfortunately, if you block the essential vents that keep warm air flowing towards your air handler, it might mean that your air conditioner can't do its job.

Your HVAC system is designed to balance air pressures throughout your home. Unfortunately, if air returns get blocked by bulky, upholstered furniture, it can increase the pressure inside of your system. In addition to making it harder for your air conditioner to properly cool your home, blocking return vents can also put pressure on your internal duct lines. Over time, this pressure can create holes or leaks between vent line junction points, which can send cooled air into floor or wall voids. 

To avoid problems carefully analyze your home before you start moving around furniture. If vents blend in, mark them with tape so that you can see them easily. By protecting your HVAC system's airflow, you might be able to keep your system on point.

2: Improper Thermostat Placement

Sometimes when people mount things like thermostats, they try to put them in areas where they won't look bad. Unfortunately, since the purpose of your thermostat is to gauge the average ambient temperature, putting that little box in the wrong place can cause all kinds of issues.

For example, if you put your thermostat inside of a small coat closet, the area around the thermostat might stay cooler in the shade, or heat up dramatically if someone leaves that closet light on. Since your thermostat responds to temperatures by switching on your AC unit, an enclosed space might mean an unpredictable home climate.

Homeowners should mount thermostats in common areas away from drafts or direct sunlight. Avoid thermostat spots near windows, doors, or skylights, which could interfere with the ambient temperature. Also, avoid hanging fabrics like curtains or coats near your thermostat. If the system is covered, it won't be able to do its job.

By changing your ways, you might be able to keep your home comfortable—no matter what temperatures the weather forecast holds. Schedule an air conditioner repair if you notice any issues.