Using your home’s air conditioning system is a convenient way to cool and dehumidify your home. However, many myths about cooling still circulate. A lot of homeowners still believe them to be true, even though some of these misconceptions have been proven to increase energy costs.
Today, Tyler Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration LLC, your local AC and furnace replacement experts, explains the truth behind the most common myths about cooling.
Myth #1: Lower Temperatures Lead to Quicker Cooling
According to this myth, setting the temperature as low as possible when first turning on the air conditioner will immediately cool the house. Unfortunately, the air conditioner is limited by the fan’s speed, so doing this won’t reduce the amount of time needed to cool the entire space. Instead, the unit will just blow air that’s colder than necessary, which is a waste of energy.
Myth #2: Turning Off the AC Unit Before Leaving the House Is a Good Idea
While it might seem like turning off the AC before leaving the house will help you save money, AC and heat pump repair pros advise against doing this, because shutting off the unit before you leave for work may actually lead to additional expenses. Once you return home and turn the AC back on again, it will have to work long and hard cooling your indoor space before it reaches the desired temperature, which isn’t an efficient way to use your equipment. Fortunately, there’s a fix for this—upgrading to a programmable thermostat.
Myth #3: Closing Off Vents Saves Money
The ducts and vents of your central AC unit are vital for your cooling needs. However, if you close the vents in an unused room, the cold air won’t circulate properly. Not only that, but the compressor might have to work even harder. This puts unnecessary strain on the unit’s internal components, leading to a spike in energy use and, quite possibly, premature failure.
To ensure the efficient use of your air conditioning unit, heed only the advice of the best HVAC company in your area. For your heating and cooling repair, replacement and maintenance needs, turn to the certified technicians of Tyler Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration LLC. Call (203) 378-4700 or fill out our contact form to request service or schedule an appointment.