Air conditioners have been around a very long time now, but there are many persistent myths surrounding air conditioning to this day. Many people accept and furthermore spread these myths as common knowledge, when following these false facts can end up costing them in the long run. Here are the four most common air conditioning myths:
Myth #1: The Bigger The AC Unit, The Better
As discussed in our previous blog, the size of your air conditioner matters, and bigger does not mean better. If you have too large an air conditioner for your home, it will run less efficiently by cycling on and off, not properly removing humidity, and eventually experiencing faster wear and tear. Not only will you see increased energy bills, but you’ll have a unit that won’t last as long as a unit that was sized properly for your home.
Myth #2: Setting Your Thermostat Really Low Cools Your Home More Quickly
One of the oldest and most stubborn air conditioning myths is that you can cool your home faster by dropping your thermostat temperature extra low. While it may seem to make sense in theory, it just doesn’t happen this way. Your air conditioner works equally hard whether you’re trying to cool your home by one degree or by 10 degrees. All you need to do is set your thermostat exactly where you want it – the air conditioner will get you there!
Myth #3: Close Vents In Rooms You Don’t Use
This myth is widely practiced not only for air conditioning, but for heating as well. And it’s a good idea for neither! Closing off vents actually alters the balance of air distribution through your home. The same volume of air is being pushed through the air ducts regardless of whether you close a vent or two, and by blocking off an escape for the air you’re just adding more pressure to your ducts, which could result in leaks and even damage to your HVAC system.
Myth #4: Air Conditioning Only Cools Air
As the name suggests, air conditioners do more than just cool your air – they condition it. Cooling your home is of course the biggest benefit of air conditioning, but your air conditioner plays another vital role by removing humidity from the air. That one-two punch of cooling and dehumidifying really makes all the difference when it comes to your comfort!