Debunking Common Myths About Air Conditioning
Posted on July 5th, 2016 by Devine Bros
With homeowners everywhere looking to cut their cooling costs, many people are turning to the internet for advice. Spoiler alert: everything you read on the internet isn’t true, and energy-saving tips are no exception.
Myth: It costs less money to leave your air conditioner running around the clock.
This is a common myth that seems to be gaining more and more popularity in recent years. The thought is, if you constantly leave your air conditioner running, it consumes less energy because it will never have to cool down a hot room. This is completely false – running your cooling system 24/7 will use far more energy than using it on an “as needed” basis.
Myth: Ceiling fans can lower the temperature of a room.
This myth has some substance behind it, but it is still false. While it’s true that ceiling fans can make a room feel colder, it does not actually affect the temperature. Setting your fan blades to rotate counterclockwise forces air down into the room and creates a windchill effect, so only utilize them when the room is occupied. Remember this rule for future reference: fans cool people, not rooms.
Myth: An Energy Star cooling system will automatically lower my bills
Purchasing an Energy Star air conditioner is a good first step to saving energy, but it is not all that is required. Your new cooling system must be properly sized and professionally installed in order to reap the energy saving benefits. Failure to do this could actually result in increased energy consumption.
Devine Bros. offers home heating and cooling solutions to Fairfield County, Connecticut. Some of our services include air conditioner installation, repair, and maintenance work. If you live in Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, or the surrounding area, call us today to schedule your appointment at (203) 866-4421.