There is a lot of misinformation floating around about how to properly use AC equipment. If you’ve fallen for any of these myths, you could end up paying a lot more to operate your system. Here are a few of the myths you’ll want to avoid.
Myth #1: Lowering Your Thermostat Cools Faster
Most AC systems cool by using single-speed fans, so there’s only one speed at which they can cool. Dramatically lowering the thermostat will not make the system cool faster. Instead, set the thermostat at the proper temperature and allow the unit to cool normally. Following this myth will increase energy costs and cause the equipment to wear out faster.
Myth #2: A Ceiling Fan Keeps Rooms Cooler
Your ceiling fan is designed to stir the air. It cannot cool the way an AC unit does. Keep fans on to feel the breeze or to push already cold air into a room. Turn them off when you decide to move to another room. Running fans when rooms aren’t occupied increases energy bills.
Myth #3: Turn Off Your AC When You Leave
The DOE recommends turning up the thermostat 7 to 10 degrees instead of turning off the unit. They further state that doing this daily for at least eight hours a day can help reduce your power bill. Completely turning off your AC can extend the time it takes to cool the house in the evening.
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