It's hot outside. Really hot. So you may be wondering how to keep cool during these dog days of summer. Well, before you break out the fans and air conditioners, you may want to read about some of the most common cooling myths. In this blog post, we will dispel some of the myths about staying cool in the summertime and explain why they may not be true!
Debunking Cooling Myths
Lowering Your Thermostat Will Cool Your Home Faster
While you might think that by turning your thermostat down, your air conditioner will cool your home faster, this actually is not the case. The average AC will just cool at the same pace, but now that the temperature is set even lower, the system is going to cool for longer as it tries to reach the new temperature. This will lead to your cooling unit working much harder, which could reduce its lifespan and lead to more frequent breakdowns.
Closing Vents in Unused Rooms Will Save Money
In theory, it makes sense to close vents in unused rooms to save energy as they don't need to be cooled, but it can actually end up costing you more money. This is because your system will not understand that you have closed a vent and are not trying to cool that room and will keep trying to cool the area. This will cause your AC to work harder and use more energy.
Bigger ACs Will Cool Your Home Better
Bigger is better, right? Wrong! Larger air conditioners might be tempting, but they will end up costing you a lot more money to inefficiently cool your house if they aren't the appropriate size.
If the unit is too big for the area it is cooling, it will repeatedly turn on and off in an attempt to avoid excessive cooling. This will use more energy, which means higher utility bills, and will make it harder for the system to remove moisture from the air, leading to more humidity in your home.
There are many factors you need to consider to find the perfect-sized air conditioner for your home, which is why we recommend leaving it to a professional.
If you're looking to install a new unit in your home, the team at Jackson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling has got you covered. Their expertly trained technicians will be able to assess all the factors in your home and find the most efficient and cost-effective Air conditioner for your unique situation. Call (256) 304-8883 to schedule your appointment!