AC Myths Debunked
Posted on: April 17, 2015
When it comes to saving money and energy, everyone thinks they know the best way to do so—such as powering off your major appliances when they aren’t in use. But until you consult with a qualified Clearwater AC company, you have no way of knowing if you are truly saving money, or in fact, wasting it. Here are some of the more common air conditioning myths we hear on a daily basis:
Myth: Setting the temperature lower will cool the room faster than setting it at the temperature you actually want.
Fact: Regardless of the temperature on the thermostat, your cooling unit will perform at the same rate as always. When you want to cool the room to 72 degrees, set it to 72, not 50. You don’t need to sacrifice your comfort in hopes of saving big on your utility bills. With the right unit, a few degrees won’t make a difference, assuming that it is running efficiently as intended to.
Myth: It uses less energy to keep your AC running all day, even if no one is home, rather than having it cool a warm house at the end of the day. Some people believe that powering it on and off multiple times in a day requires more energy, but this isn’t true.
Fact: It is never a good idea to leave the air conditioner running if no one is home, since you will be wasting energy. Instead, you can either turn it off when you leave and back on when you get home, or talk to your AC company about installing a programmable thermostat. This way, you can set it to turn on 30 minutes before you come home, so you can walk into a cool home.
Myth: Ceiling fans will lower the temperature of the room.
Fact: Ceiling fans don’t actually cool a room; they just recirculate the cold air that is already there. So they shouldn’t be on in an empty room, or you will be wasting energy. This isn’t to say that ceiling fans don’t have their benefits and advantages, but they shouldn’t be used in place of an AC system—especially in Florida where temperatures can get too hot for a fan to sustain alone.
As an AC company in Clearwater, we hear plenty of incorrect beliefs about ways to reduce your energy usage and monthly bills, while still enjoying a cool home. At Midway Services, we are energy saving experts; from energy efficient air conditioners to programmable thermostats, we have everything you need!
For over 50 years we have been offering the residents of Clearwater the highest quality of home services available. And with our 24/7 availability, superior customer services, and flat rate pricing you know you’ve hired the best when you call Midway!