It is really important to place your air conditioner in a sensible location. Otherwise, the AC unit will not function properly and it may also overheat. It is also essential to place your vents and thermostat in a location that will allow your AC to function properly.
One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make when installing an air conditioner is to place the AC in a location that is too hot. This will simply force the AC to work too hard and will increase your energy bills. The best place to put an AC unit is a shady location to the north or east of the home. This may force you to place the AC in a location that is not convenient, but the alternative is a very high electrical bill and a home that is not energy-efficient.
Don't Conceal The AC
You may wish to conceal your air conditioning unit because it is unappealing. However, doing so can lead to your AC unit becoming damaged and can also lead to your unit not functioning efficiently. By concealing your AC, you will reduce the air circulation and this can lead to the unit overheating. This will force the air conditioner to work harder to cool your home.
Vents And Thermostats
The thermostat and vents also need to be properly positioned. When the sun or a lamp heats the thermostat, this can cause your AC unit to work extra hard to chill the air to temperatures much lower than you would want. This is because the thermostat is detecting temperatures that are higher than the rest of your home. This will make your home uncomfortably cold and will also cause your AC to use too much energy. The vents will be less effective if heat is constantly warming the chilled air, preventing the AC from effectively keeping your home cold. Hot air rises, so the heat that would be created by a hot oven may not be as much of a concern as the temperature of the rest of your home.
It is also important that your vents are not cooling empty rooms. Otherwise, you are wasting energy needlessly. Close the vents that open into rooms that are not being used. Even better is to use zoned heating and cooling that will have separate thermostats that can heat or cool a room based on whether it is occupied.
Contact a company like All American Air & Electric, Inc. for more information and assistance.
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