Since Summer is right-around-the-corner, we thought it would be a great time to remind you how to run your room air conditioner correctly.
If you are a landlord, make sure you check all the filters now and clean or replace dirty and damaged ones on a bi-weekly during the Summer and on a monthly basis throughout the rest year! Tenants and owners, you need to do the same!
Window and wall air conditioners are not the same as central air conditioners.
To ensure you get the best performance from your air conditioner, we advise that you turn it on in the morning. Your air conditioner has an internal thermostat that will detect the temperature in the room. When the room reaches the temperature you set it to, the unit will shut off. When the room gets warmer the thermostat will detect that change and will turn on by itself.
The vent should be closed at all times and should only be open when using the fan mode to bring in outside air. Having your vent open while operating the air conditioner will make your unit work harder and it will cost you more money to run.
When turning on your air conditioner, make sure you set it to 74-78 degrees and no lower than 72. This will not only will save you money, but it will allow your air conditioner to work properly.
Again, check your filter every other week during the Summer and once a month during the other times of year for better performance.
Remember: If you turn your air conditioner on when the day’s heat is at its peak, it will take time to get the desired cooling effect, and will use much more energy.