Energy Myths Debunked

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Living in Florida, air conditioning isn’t just a luxury, it’s a necessity. While we may love living with our AC, what we don’t love are the high energy bills. It’s no wonder then that there is so much misinformation going around on how to save money on air conditioning. We at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Largo have pulled some of the most common myths we hear from customers about how they think they will save money on their next bill. So here they are, the best ways not to save money on air conditioning.

Myth: Ceiling fans will help you save money because your AC won’t have to work as hard.

Many people believe that since a fan makes them feel cooler, the room must be cooler. So, if they turn on their fan, their AC will do less work and save them money on their next energy bill. Fans won’t lower the temperature in a room; they will simply make you feel colder. What a fan can do is lower your body temperature by moving air over and around your skin. So, while a fan won’t help your AC cool down a room faster, they can make you feel cooler and eliminate your need for air conditioning.

Myth: Air conditioners are just for cooling air.

As an air conditioner’s name suggest, it cools your home’s air. However, your AC has another, equally important job. It also works to remove and reduce humidity. Many times, it’s not the heat, but the humidity that we cannot stand in the summer. Humid air feels stifling and uncomfortable. Too much humidity causes issues with your home, such as mold. Having less humid air will make your home feel better and reduce the cost of your next energy bill.

Myth: You can save money by turning off your AC when you leave your house.

Many people believe that you can cut cost on cooling by turning off your AC when no one is home. The reality is your air conditioner will end up using much more energy trying to cool down you home when you return than it would maintaining a constant temperature all day. If you really want to save money, simply turn your AC up about 5°F to 7°F before you leave. You can also buy some pretty amazing programmable thermostats these days that will learn your schedule and automatically adjust the temperature to the most cost effective settings when you leave.

Myth: Closing your AC vents will save you money on your energy bill.

Shutting off the ducts could end up costing you even more money than leaving them open. Your air conditioner is designed to cool your entire house, so shutting off one vent won’t stop your system from sending cool air to that duct. What it will do is make the rest of your system work harder to cool down you house. Vents should only be closed for personal comfort reasons, not to save money.

Myth: The lower you set your thermostat, the faster your home will cool.

It is very tempting to set your thermostat as low as possible when trying to cool down your house, especially during those hot summer months. What most people fail to realize is that air conditioners work at a single speed, and won’t cool down your home any faster if you set the thermostat lower. Turning down your thermostat excessively will only cause excess energy use, wasting energy and money.

Remember, when it comes to your air conditioner, don’t believe everything you hear. If your price of cooling is high, call the experts at One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Largo and discover how we can save you money on your next energy bill.