Whether you want to save money or know the truth about air conditioning, this article is for you. In this article brought to you by Rooter Hero Plumbing, we will go over some common myths about air conditioners that could be costing you money. If you want to consult with a qualified HVAC technician, or if you want to hire one, then call Rooter Hero Plumbing to get in touch with a live representative. We are happy to give you a free price estimate and schedule a flexible appointment or arrange an urgent dispatch.
MYTH: Turning on The Ceiling Fan Makes Rooms Colder
This one is somewhat true. Turning on the ceiling fan in conjunction with the air conditioner can make the room feel a few degrees cooler. However, this benefit only applies when you are in the room. So, turning on the ceiling fan, or any fan for that matter, then leaving the room is only costing you money.
This is what we recommend: If you enjoy 72 degrees, for example, then set the thermostat to about 75 to 77 degrees, then turn the fan on in the room you are in. The fan should cool down your skin and make the room feel a few degrees cooler.
MYTH: Turning the Thermostat Below Target Level Cools Room Faster
Air conditioners work at one speed. Setting the thermostat at below your target level is only going to make the air conditioner work longer. If you want to save money, then set the thermostat at your target level or even a few degrees higher and supplement your occupied room with a fan.
MYTH: Turning Off the Air Conditioner When You Are Not Home Saves Money
Turning on the air conditioner is not like turning on the lights. If you turn off the air conditioner before going to work during the hot summer and turn it back on when you return, the air conditioner has to work harder to cool the home from a higher temperature. You are better off turning up the thermostat a few degrees, near the outside temperature.
MYTH: You Only Need to Change Filters Once A Year
There is no one-size-fits-all rule for changing air filters, but the rule of thumb is to change the filters once a season. These filters accumulate dust and dirt, restricting the air flow and forcing your unit to work harder. Of course, dirty filters also contaminate your air. Changing the filters only once a year can expose you to allergens and poor air quality.
MYTH: Air Conditioners Cause A Summer Cold
It is not the air conditioner or temperature that causes a cold. Germs, bacteria, and viruses cause you to become sick. However, many of microbes prosper in cooler temperatures and dirty air filters can cause allergies to flare up.
If you want your air conditioner to work effectively, efficiently, and for its whole life expectancy, then you have got to stay on top of its maintenance. Call Rooter Hero Plumbing to schedule your routine HVAC maintenance today.