Houston summers are rough on AC units, and improper operation can lead to catastrophic failure🥵! So here are a few helpful tips for getting the most out of your AC during the summer, all while protecting its useful life and even saving a little money🤑:
Never run the AC if doors or windows are open. Keeping the home closed to the outside will help keep the room cooler and help the AC operate more efficiently with less strain on the system.
Follow the 20 degree rule: The 20-degree rule of air conditioning states that you should always keep your AC unit at no more than 20 degrees lower than the outside temperature. It means that, if the outdoor conditions are at 95 degrees, you should set your thermostat at no less than 75 degrees. Units are not built to bridge a gap further than that.
Ceiling fans make a big difference! They can make a room feel up to 10 degrees cooler. During the summer you want the ceiling fan to blow air straight down, so your fan needs to run in a counter clockwise direction as you look up at it. The warmer it is, the higher the speed should be.
The most inexpensive way to use your air conditioner is to turn the thermostat up when you leave the house. Air conditioning systems operate most efficiently at full speed during longer periods of time. So kicking it on a lower temperature when you get home will save you more money than the AC cycling on and off while you're away.
We hope this helps keep you cool alllllll summer long!😎