10 Air Conditioning Mistakes You’re Making

The control panel for an ac unit
For most homes, air conditioning uses more electricity than any other usages, up to 70 percent of a summer electric bill, according to some estimates. However, there are ways for most people to reduce this load by changing their air conditioning habits.

Here are the biggest air conditioning mistakes people tend to make, and how to reduce those electricity bills:

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1. Your Air Conditioner Is Too Big

Bigger isn’t always better. Many people are inclined to get a bigger air conditioner, assuming it will make the home colder faster. However, an oversized air conditioner won’t generate uniform temperatures or reduce humidity. It will also run inefficiently by cycling on and off quickly. Of course, a unit may also be too small to properly cool the space. To properly size a new air conditioner, start with this Consumer Reports worksheet.