Some common misconceptions about cooling systems have been repeated so often, they’re mistaken as facts, when they may actually be reducing your system’s efficiency. Here’s the truth behind some of the most popular cooling myths.
Leaving the Air Conditioner on Constantly
Many believe that this will save money compared to turning the system off while you’re away. But the truth is that cooling an empty home requires much more energy than cooling a hot home when you arrive. If you don’t want to sacrifice your comfort, install a programmable thermostat and set it to return the temperature to normal about an hour before you’re due back so your home will be comfortable when you arrive.
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Lowering the Temperature Cools Quicker
This is one of the most prevalent cooling myths. Turning the thermostat to a lower setting wit result in faster cooling, as your system can only distribute a certain volume of air at a time. Also, if you forget to reset the temperature, you will end up adding to your cooling bill.
Closing Vents Saves Money
Reducing the airflow to unused rooms can actually end up costing you more money, unless you have a zoned system. Closing vents can cause an imbalance between the return and the supply airflow, which will reduce your system’s efficiency and cause excess wear.
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Air Conditioners Only Cool the Air
In addition to cooling the air in your home, your system also removes moisture from the air, which allows you to feel more comfortable at the same temperature.
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Fans Help Cool a Room
Fans only help to make people feel cool by evaporating sweat faster. Shut them off in unoccupied rooms to save electricity.
For more energy savings, beyond avoiding these cooling myths, have a look at Ambient Edge’s selection of energy-efficient cooling systems. Give us a call at 928-263-8698 in the Kingsman area, or at 702-723-4704 in the Henderson area.
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