Not too sure what’s the truth about your air conditioning unit or what’s a longstanding myth? It’s tricky to know whether you’ve been misusing your unit until you book an AC tune-up and receive an unexpected bill. So, we’re here to bust through the myths and tell you the truth about how to use your air conditioning system correctly and when you need AC maintenance.
Myth: For More Power, You Need to Install a Larger System
When it comes to HVAC systems, the first thing people think about is how much cooling power their AC unit has. However, what’s important is not how many tons of cooling power your AC unit has, but what size your house is. You’ll want to find the correct HVAC system for your home, and sometimes bigger is not always better.
Myth: There Is No Set Place for A Thermostat
When looking for a spot to place your air conditioner thermostat, the main point to keep in mind is that it should not be in direct sunlight. It will make the thermostat perceive the temperature as warmer than it is. As a result, your air conditioner will kick on more often, working harder to keep your home cool – costing you money on your utility bills and possibly wearing out your AC system.
Think carefully about where to place your thermostat. If unsure, ask an HVAC professional.
Myth: The Furnace Is for Winter Only
One of the most common myths circulating among homeowners is that heating and cooling systems are entirely separate—that they don’t interact and thus don’t affect each other.
A dirty furnace filter can reduce the efficiency of the equipment, making it work harder and shortening its lifespan. Unfortunately, this can also cause your air conditioner to work harder than it needs to, shortening its life. Scheduling a regular AC tune-up will keep your unit in perfect working condition.
Myth: You Can Cool Your House More Quickly by Setting the Thermostat Lower
One of the longest-lasting air conditioning myths states that you can cool your home quickly by dropping your thermostat temperature super low. Unfortunately, this just doesn’t work. Your air conditioner will still cool your home at the same rate, no matter what temperature you set it to.
Myth: You’ll Save More Money by Closing Specific Vents
If you’ve ever closed the vents in your home to block the flow of cool air into a room that doesn’t need it, you might have wondered if this would help you reduce air conditioning costs.
Closing vents in unused rooms can throw off this balance and cause pressure to build up in other areas of your HVAC system. The system pushes the same amount of air into a smaller space—meaning there’s more pressure on your ductwork, which can cause it to leak.