As the temperatures start to rise, homeowners are turning on their air conditioners. And, while many of them know the basics about how to use their AC unit, there are still a lot of myths out there about air conditioning.
In this blog, we will dispel some of the most common air conditioning myths.
Myth #1 Turning Off the AC Saves Money
Many homeowners believe that turning off their air conditioner will save them money on their energy bill when they leave the house. However, this is not always the case. It can often lead to your AC unit working overtime to cool your home back down when you return, wasting energy and costing you more money in the long run.
If you will be gone for more than a few hours, it's best to set your thermostat to a higher temperature, so your AC unit doesn't have to work as hard when you return.
Myth #2 Fans Alone Keep The Whole House Cool
Another common air conditioning myth is that fans alone can keep the whole house cool. Fans do not actually lower the temperature in a room. They simply circulate the air. So if you are relying on fans to keep your home cool this summer, you may be disappointed.
To truly cool your home, you need to have a working air conditioner. If your AC unit is having trouble keeping up with the heat, it may be time for a tune-up from a qualified HVAC technician.
Myth #3 Closing Off Rooms Saves Money
Homeowners may also believe that closing off rooms that are not being used will save them money on their energy bills. However, this can put a strain on your AC unit and cause it to work harder than necessary.
It's best to keep all the vents in your home open so that air can flow freely and your AC unit doesn't have to work as hard to cool your home.
Myth #4 Turning Down the Thermostat Saves Energy
Many homeowners believe that turning the thermostat down as low as possible will save them money on their energy bills. However, this can lead to your AC unit working overtime and using more energy.
It's best to set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature and leave it there. If you find that your home is not cooling evenly, it may be time to have your AC unit serviced by a qualified technician.
Myth #5 Open Windows Cause Energy Loss
You may have heard that leaving windows open will result in your air conditioner wasting energy. However, leaving the windows open or even having leaks around them isn't always the cause of sufficient energy loss.
If you notice that your air conditioner is losing efficiency, it is most likely due to a leak in your air ducts. A leak in your ductwork can cause the air conditioner to work harder, making it less efficient and causing your unit to work harder.
Myth #6 The Bigger the System the Better
This myth has cost a lot of homeowners money in the end. Buying a unit that is too large for your home is a waste of money. Instead, if you are looking for a new unit, you should always consult with an experienced HVAC professional to help you choose the correct size for your home.
Learn How Your AC Works With Meyers Companies, Inc.
If you're looking for air conditioning services this summer, Meyers Companies, Inc. can help. We offer various air conditioning services, including AC repair, replacement, and maintenance. Contact us today at (219) 240-0610 to schedule a consultation with one of our qualified technicians.