Air conditioning is a vital part of life here in the humid climate of Florida.
When summer heat causes the air to become muggy, sticky, and difficult
to breathe, cool and dry air from your air conditioner can keep you comfortable
and happy. But like any other appliance in your home they need to be properly
cared for and operated for best results, and that has led to a number
of myths and misconceptions.
As Palm Beach County air conditioning experts, we see a number of these
myths and misconceptions placed into practice, and have unfortunately
had to deal with the consequences that they can bring. To set the record
straight, here are five common myths we see about air conditioning systems
and the truth about each of them so you can take better care of your system
and enjoy it to its fullest for longer.
Turning the Temperature Down Cools Faster
When you want a fan to circulate air faster and create a stronger current,
you flip the switch on to “high.” So when you’re hot
and want your house to cool off, it would only make sense to flip your
system into “high” gear by turning the temperature lower.
After all, this forces it to produce colder air to cool your home faster, right?
This isn’t true. The majority of air conditioners can only work at
one speed, and produce the same amount of cold air consistently while
the system is on and running. When the cold air mixes with the warm air
in your home, it slowly starts cooling it off until the mixed air reaches
your target temperature. Turning your system to a lower temperature doesn’t
help it reach this level any faster—it only keeps your system running
for longer until it reaches this lower target. All the while, the added
on-time uses more energy and costs you more money.
Turning Your System Off Saves Energy
When nobody’s home, you’re probably tempted to turn your system
off completely in order to prevent it from cooling a home that nobody’s
home to enjoy. While it’s true that a system that isn’t running
uses less energy, it doesn’t use
zero energy, and in fact can lead to an environment that’s much harder
to make comfortable when you get home.
Instead of turning your system off, turn the target temperature
up to a much higher level. This will prevent your system from turning on
unless it gets significantly hotter in your home, and keep the temperature
closer to your comfort level, thus reducing the amount of energy needed
to have it reach that point once you get home.
Bigger Systems Work Better
We Americans love everything
big. Big burgers, big drinks, big homes, big plots of land, big waves, and
much more. However, when it comes to your home, bigger isn’t always
better. The size of your air conditioner is an immensely important measurement,
and a system that’s too big will actually do far more harm than good.
A system that’s too large will force too much air through your ducts,
leading to a symptom known as “short cycling,” where your
system turns on, runs for only a few moments, and then turns off again.
Not only is this extremely hard on your system, but it wastes a ton of
energy. And any homeowner can tell you, an energy bill is one of the last
things we want to see come in a big size.
Shutting Vents in Unused Rooms Cools the Home Faster
People are often tempted to shut the vents on the rooms they aren’t
normally using in order to allow more air to flow to rooms which need
it. However, this usually winds up creating a situation where the duct
system is too small and short to accommodate the amount of air your system
is blowing into it. This creates a number of issues similar to the last
myth, including the possibility of short cycling. In any case, it’s
hard on your air conditioner and could shorten its lifespan significantly.
Maintenance Is a Waste of Money
Most people believe that they can trust their air conditioner to fire up
the moment they turn it on. But the truth is your air conditioner is more
like your car: it needs regular attention from a professional in order
to perform its best and last the longest. A system that’s not maintained
will have a significantly shorter lifespan, be more prone to breaking
down, and have a much lower energy efficiency compared to one that receives
regular maintenance from a professional.
In fact, energy efficiency alone could pay for itself in energy savings;
a system that’s well-maintained can use far more of the energy it
consumes effectively cooling your home versus having to overcome older
components, dirty coils, and other general difficulties. When you consider
how inexpensive most maintenance services are, it’s easy to see
how quickly this service could make it worth itself.
Schedule your maintenance service by
calling Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC today at (888) 660-4337.