Baylor Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. has heard a lot of misconceptions regarding air conditioning over the years. We want our Evansville customers to know the truth behind five popular myths about your air conditioning.
Myth #1 – Turning Your AC Way Up Will Cool Down Your Home Faster
Actually, this won’t cool your house any faster than if you routinely leave your air conditioner running at a lower temperature. What will happen, if you run your AC at a higher temperature is that the unit will use up extra energy, which costs you extra money on your utility bills.
Myth #2 – Buying an Energy-Efficient AC Will Cause Your Utility Bills to Drop Immediately
While an energy-efficient AC unit can save your Evansville home anywhere from 20% to 50% on utility costs, this is only true if you work with a professional to select the right AC unit for your home. Continue to practice energy-saving habits to further ensure savings, like turning down the thermostat when you leave the house.
Myth #3 – Use a Fan to Cool a Room, Even When No One is There
Turning on a fan is a great way to lower your energy bills if you find that you’re turning on the AC too often, but fans don’t cool down rooms in the same way that air conditioners do.
Myth #4 – It’s Better to Leave the AC Running at All Times
This is a myth. If you’re one of someone that tends to forget to turn down the thermostat when you leave the house, this is where a programmable thermostat would come in handy.
Myth #5 – Your HVAC Unit Will Last Longer if You Use it Less
The average life of an HVAC unit is about 15 years. If you don’t clean it or use it often, you’re likely to experience problems with particulate buildup that can shorten the life of your AC unit. Routine maintenance is crucial, regardless of how often your run your air conditioner.