How To Keep Your System Running Smoothly All Summer Long

The last thing anyone wants to deal with in the summer is a faulty air conditioner, especially since we only have a few months of heat to enjoy here in the Chicago area! Make sure you’re not hurting your unit by making one of these common AC mistakes so you can spend more time at the beach and less time scratching your head over a mysterious system breakdown.

Low Indoor Air Quality

Though allergies can strike at any time, if you’re constantly sneezing or suffering from itchy, watery eyes in your own home, it’s a sign of poor indoor air quality. You may also notice your indoor humidity is off. Compromised air quality can lead to significant health issues including chronic headaches, coughs, sinus issues and more. Be sure you’re changing your air filters at least once every 30-90 days, depending on whether you suffer from mild, moderate or severe allergies. 

Skipping Your Seasonal Maintenance

Though you may think you’re saving money by skipping a few maintenance check-ups here and there, you could actually be setting your AC unit up for failure and expensive repairs. Seasonal maintenance checks allow you to catch minor issues before they can become worse and lead to an avoidable repair. Additionally, maintenance tuneups ensure your system is running efficiently, which saves you loads of energy and money on your next bill. 

Not Using Ceiling Fans

Never underestimate the power of your ceiling fans! Not only do they circulate the already-cool air provided by your AC, but they also save energy by creating a wind-chill effect and making your room feel cooler, rather than changing the temperature of the air itself. This means you won’t have to crank up your air conditioner to achieve maximum comfort, saving you money and prolonging your system’s lifespan! 

Using An Old Thermostat

Using an old thermostat can lead to many problems. For example, your outdated thermostat could have inaccurate temperature readings that leave you with uneven temperatures and uncomfortable rooms. Consider upgrading to a smart thermostat, which allows you to customize your personal cooling settings to coincide with your family’s unique schedule. You’ll enjoy better comfort at home and be able to save energy and money with an efficient smart thermostat.

Have you been making these common mistakes? Call J. Blanton Plumbing at any of our three Chicagoland locations to get help getting your AC being into optimal condition. Our team of licensed professionals is happy to answer your questions!