When it comes to your air conditioning system, we know there are plenty of myths floating around that homeowners may believe, myths that could cost you in terms of energy costs and the life-span of your system. As trusted San Francisco air conditioning installation experts, we want to ‘debunk’ a few of those myths so that you can separate fact from fiction!
Here are a few of the most common air conditioner myths:
Cool your home down faster by turning down the thermostat. False! While it would seem this would be the case, your HVAC system functions by replacing the hot air with cold air. Ultimately, your system works at the same speed regardless of whether you set the thermostat down by fifteen degrees or five, so it won’t cool off any faster by a drastic reduction in temperature.
Running a fan will cool off the rooms in your home. Again, false. HVAC systems create the flow of cool air throughout your home using a specific pattern. Using fans to blow cooler air in your direction can actually disrupt the air flow, essentially costing you more in terms of energy usage. If you run the A/C, turn fans off. If you want to run ceiling fans or box fans when temperatures aren’t too warm, turn off the A/C.
A bigger system will cool your home more efficiently. False. Actually, a system that is too big for your cooling needs can cost you substantially in energy costs! A too-large air conditioning system will cycle on and off rapidly, never giving it a chance to dehumidify the air. Because it kicks on more often, your energy costs will go up – and the dampness in the air can lead to mold, mildew, and health issues.
Open all the doors and registers in your home to create the ‘ideal’ indoor temperature. Another myth! Why cool rooms you don’t use? Rooms your family does not use should be closed off, as well as the vents in those rooms. Cooling only the spaces you use will results in comfortable air, and energy bills you can live with.
At Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, we are the San Francisco HVAC professionals who want to help you save money on energy costs, and extend the life of your system! Call us today for more energy saving tips.