Keeping your home cool and comfortable becomes a top priority as the heat of the summer season starts to rise. But did you know that several cooling misconceptions could be causing you to waste energy and money? Read on as Schmitt Heating and Air Conditioning debunks common home cooling myths.
Myth #1: Turning the AC Off When You Leave the House Saves Energy”
Many believe that turning the air conditioning system off when leaving their home for an extended period of time saves energy. While your AC won’t consume electricity when it’s off, this practice can lead to higher energy consumption. When you return home and turn the AC back on, it will have to work harder to cool your house to a comfortable temperature, using more energy. Instead, it’s best to use a programmable thermostat that adjusts the temperature automatically, maintaining a comfortable home environment without wasting energy.
Myth #2: “Ceiling Fans Cool Rooms”
Contrary to popular belief, ceiling fans don’t lower the temperature in a room. Instead, they create a wind chill effect that makes you feel cooler. This can be a great way to maintain comfort while using less energy, but only if you remember to turn off the fans when you leave the room. Remember, running fans in empty rooms wastes electricity and doesn’t provide any benefit.
Myth #3: “Closing Vents in Unused Rooms Saves Energy”
It might seem logical to close the vents in unused rooms to save energy, but any HVAC service provider will tell you that this isn’t recommended, as doing so can put your HVAC system under undue stress. When vents are closed, the system has to work harder to maintain the desired temperature in the rest of the house, leading to higher energy costs.
Myth #4: “Air Conditioning Is the Only Way to Cool Your Home”
While air conditioning is a powerful tool for combating summer heat, it’s not the only method for keeping your home feel comfortable. Alternative cooling strategies include natural ventilation by opening windows and doors during cooler hours and shading your home with awnings or trees. Ensuring your home is insulated and sealed will also help you maintain a comfortable interior temperature without relying solely on air conditioning.
Myth #5: “Bigger Air Conditioners Are Better”
Many homeowners assume bigger AC units are more effective at cooling their homes, but this is a common misconception. Oversized air conditioners can lead to higher energy costs, uneven cooling, and reduced comfort. Making sure it is properly sized for your home is crucial to maximizing efficiency and comfort.
Call Schmitt for All Your HVAC Needs!
Now that we’ve debunked these common home cooling myths, you can make more informed decisions to keep your home comfortable and energy-efficient this summer. For your heating and cooling needs, turn to Schmitt Heating and Air Conditioning. Call us today at (415) 689-7849 or complete our online form to request an appointment.