There are often certain rumors or myths that circulate about how to run your air conditioner. Some of these myths vary on how to save money, reduce wear and tear, and to keep your indoor air cleaner. Often you may be given a bad tip that can cost you more money each month. As times are tough for everyone, it is important to save money where you can. Hal Mechanical would like to expose some of these costly myths and share the truth on how you can save money running your air conditioner.
Does Turning the Thermostat Down Cool House Faster?
Yes, by turning the thermostat really low, it will cool the home however, faster? The air conditioner will run longer and will make it harder to reach the supper cool temperature. It is only slightly faster than keep the thermostat at your desired temperature. If the home is warming up and you have never changed your thermostat temperature setting, this is a sign something is wrong with the air conditioner and turning the air conditioner temperature lower will only cost you more money and potentially damage the air conditioner.
Are Bigger Air Conditioners Less Efficient?
Where a bigger air conditioner can quickly cool down a home, it will have short run cycles. Short run cycles in the long run isn’t very good and often leads to premature wear and tear of the air conditioner. Additionally, your home indoor air will have hot and cold sports as the air conditioner turns off too soon and will not circulate the air properly. Talk with any professional and they would never suggest giving you a much bigger unit.
Is it Better to Turn Off Your AC when You Leave?
Are you leaving your home empty for a month or two, even or longer? Then yes, turn off your air conditioner. If you consider turning off the air conditioner when you’re at work and the home is empty for a few hours during the day, do not turn off the air conditioner. Forcing the air conditioner to cool down a very hot home every day will only cost you more money and put more stress on your air conditioner. If you have a programmable thermostat you may adjust the temperature slightly higher but no more than a few degrees. This can help you save some money but do not force the air conditioner to work too hard. It is cheaper to maintain the indoor temperature, then it is to cool down the home when it is hot.
Does Closing Room Vents Save Money?
This is another untrue myth that many people believe and do. When an air conditioner runs a cycle, the end part is the blower that blows the cool air through the air ducts and into the home. The blower is going to run the exact same way whether the vents are open or closed. However, the cool air will travel through the vents to only hit a wall. If you expect the cool air to then be pushed back out the to an open part of the air duct system, this is highly unlikely. The air conditioner will end the cycle before the cool air will be pushed back into other parts of the air ducts. You are only causing pressure to build up inside the closed off part of the air duct. This can cause a number of problems including air duct leaks, premature wear of the blower and a higher power bill. Closing the air vents will not save you money, but only cost you more. For the health and longevity of your air conditioner, leave all of the air vents open.