Summer Energy Myths That Can Drive Up Your Cooling Costs

Summer Energy Myths That Can Drive Up Your Cooling Costs

The summer heat can quickly drive up your energy bills.   Check out these summer energy myths that may be affecting your home.

Setting the Thermostat Very Low Will Cool Your Home Faster

Turning your thermostat to the lowest setting won’t cool the house faster. Even high-efficiency air conditioners with variable-speed blowers won’t speed up the cooling process. You’re wasting a significant amount of energy and money if you keep on doing this.  You may also damage your system by causing the indoor coil to freeze up.

Closing the Vents in Unused Rooms Boosts Cooling in Other Rooms

Definitely wrong! Shutting your vents and registers in unused rooms can actually drive up your energy bill. Doing this leads to other problems like air leaks because the pressure will build up in the ducts due to your cooling system trying to push the air out when the vents are closed.  Using dampers in the duct allows conditioned air to be redirected to where it is needed most.

Turning Off the A/C When You’re Not at Home

This isn’t the best way to save on cooling costs! Shutting down the A/C makes your system work harder and run longer to cool the house. It will have to use more energy to get your home back to a comfortable temperature. The best way to save energy when you’re away from home is by using a programmable thermostat.

Running the Air Conditioner All Day is The Only Way to Stay Cool

Absolutely not! This only leaves you a bigger energy bill at the end of the month. There are other ways to keep your cool in hotter months like wearing summer-light clothing, using ceiling or portable fans, and window treatments. Don’t rely on your A/C alone to cool off this summer.

Leave Your Ceiling Fans On to Cool Unoccupied Room

Unfortunately, ceiling fans don’t affect room temperatures even a bit. In fact, it cools not the room but the people in it by making them feel cooler. So running the ceiling in an empty space is a complete waste of energy. It’s best to shut them off when you’re not using them.

If you have any questions about saving energy or keeping your A/C system as efficient as possible, call our experts at Harkins Air Conditioning, Heating & Controls.