6 Myths About Summer Cooling
As summer temperatures heat up in Colorado Springs, everyone looks for ways to keep cool. Air conditioning makes your home a comfortable retreat from the heat, but at what cost? No one wants sky-high utility bills. That’s why many people look for alternative ways to keep their homes cool without overworking their AC units.
The internet has numerous solutions for lowering energy usage during the summer, but not all the tips and tricks are good advice. Below are some of the top myths about summer cooling. Keep reading to learn what works and what doesn’t to keep your home cool when summer temperatures climb higher than Pike’s Peak.
Myth #1 – Turning the Thermostat Way Down Cools the Home Faster
Everyone has tried this method at least once. How did it work out? Most residential air conditioners don’t have variable speed air handlers to match the fan speed to the thermostat setting. Instead, they have a fan that has one speed and can’t adjust its speed to match the thermostat setting. No matter how low you set the thermostat, the fan can only go so fast. People who are in the habit of turning their thermostat way down make their units’ fan work harder, and this makes the AC unit inefficient.
Myth #2 – Ceiling Fans Cool Rooms Faster
A ceiling fan offers several benefits, but only if you use it correctly. Check the ceiling fan’s setting and make sure during the summer that the blades move in a counterclockwise direction. This creates a draft and cools the room. However, keep in mind that you won’t always feel the temperature change unless you’re under the fan. Turn off ceiling fans when you’re gone for several hours or out of town to minimize excessive energy usage.
Myth #3 – A Bigger AC System Is Always Better
Many homeowners buy into this myth and end up wasting money. Buying a bigger AC unit isn’t going to cool your home faster. What it will do is send your energy bills into the stratosphere. Not only are you paying for more energy than you need, but you’ve also spent more money upfront to purchase and install the AC unit. The right-sized AC unit is one that meets your home’s cooling needs using the least amount of energy. Contact an HVAC specialist to help you choose the best AC unit for your home.
Myth #4 – Closing Vents Boosts Air Conditioning Efficiency
When it comes to AC myths, this is one of the oldest myths that’s still hanging around. Colorado Springs residents who adopt this practice are doing their home’s cooling system a disservice. Although a closed vent doesn’t let any air into the room, the AC system doesn’t know you’ve closed the vents. So, it continues to try and cool the area. This is very damaging to your HVAC’s compressor and a waste of energy.
Myth #5 – Windows and Doors Leak Air and the AC Works Harder
Yes, you want to make sure windows and doors have proper seals, but they’re not the reason cool air is escaping your home. There are other areas that are bigger problems. Damaged ductwork, holes in pipes, improperly sealed chimneys, and poorly insulated areas contribute to more cooling loss in Colorado Springs homes than windows and doors. Contact a certified HVAC specialist to help you detect hidden air leaks and fix the problem.
Myth #6 – Turning the AC Off When Your Gone Is the Best Way to Save Money
This myth is partially correct. Of course, you don’t want to run your air conditioner all day when no one is home. It certainly seems like a waste of energy and money. However, turning the AC off and on throughout the day also wastes energy because it takes time to cool a hothouse. The better option is to install a programmable thermostat. Smart thermostats learn your household’s habits and adjust the temperature throughout the day without turning the AC off. The house is always at an appropriate temperature, and the HVAC is always running at maximum efficiency.
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