3 Common Air Conditioning Myths

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Are you looking for ways to improve the efficiency of your air conditioning? Energy costs can add up, making it hard to manage your utilities. So, it is common for homeowners to adjust the way the air conditioner is used to decrease the money that they are spending.

Today, we want to break down common myths about air conditioning so that you know the real tips to improve the efficiency of your home:

Myth #1: Crank the Thermostat to Cool Your Home Quickly

Some homeowners turn up the thermostat when they are leaving the house so that the air conditioner isn’t running while they are gone. Then, the thermostat is quickly lowered when they get home to cool things down again. This method could increase your utility costs if you aren’t careful!

According to the US Department of Energy, this method will work if you are leaving for at least 8 hours. Don’t adjust the thermostat more than 5 degrees Fahrenheit, or you might spend more money on the energy that it takes to cool the home down again.

Myth #2: Keep the Ceiling Fans Turned on All the Time

When ceiling fans are running, they use energy. If the room is occupied, then it can be helpful to have the air moving to make it feel cool. But, remember that the fans don’t generate cool air, so they don’t impact the temperature in the room… they just move the cool air around. If you aren’t in the room, then the fans won’t help to cool the temperature in your home.

Myth #3: An Energy Efficient Air Conditioner Will Slash Utility Costs

There are many benefits available from an energy efficient air conditioner. But, you won’t maximize these benefits without other home upgrades. For example, if you have old, drafty windows, then the cool air that is generated from the air conditioner will be lost through the windows. The best solution is to upgrade many aspects of energy efficiency in your home. Upgrading to an energy efficient air conditioner will be helpful, but it won’t solve all your utility expenses without other home upgrades as well.

Do you have questions about optimizing the air conditioner in your home? Talk to the experts here at Wells Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning at (951) 375-6856.