At TemperaturePro® El Paso, we know all of the ins and outs of the HVAC industry. There are many confusing topics, and we understand that most consumers don’t have the time to research them. With the hottest months of the year quickly approaching, it’s important for you to have accurate information. Read the truth behind the following 5 AC myths.
As a full-service heating and cooling company, TemperaturePro® El Paso comes across a lot of different questions about AC units, furnaces, and other HVAC equipment. This is a result of people not having enough information on the subject or a lack of communication between customer and technician.
Today, we’re debunking a few AC myths that can easily confuse consumers. Here are some of the most commonly heard AC questions and myths. We hope that we will help you save a little more money and live a little more comfortably during these scorching months ahead by negating these AC myths.
5 Common AC Myths
1. “I can save money by turning off the AC or setting the thermostat on high while I’m out of the house.”
Think of it this way: If you do this, your house will be far hotter than you desire when you come home. When you bring it back to a comfortable temperature, your AC unit will have to work harder. However, this does not mean that leaving the thermostat at the same temperature all day is the way to go.
Having your AC unit programmed to let the home warm up a little during the day while you’re away does save energy and money, but going to the extremes of turning it off or putting it on a very high temperature is a bad idea. Programmable thermostats are your perfect solution to this issue.
2. “My AC unit will cool my home faster if I put the thermostat on a really low temperature.”
AC units and other cooling systems run at a single speed. Setting the thermostat at a very low temperature won’t get the temperature in your home cool any more quickly than setting it on your desired temperature. In fact, setting the thermostat really low will only keep the unit working for a longer period of time, ultimately costing more money.
Be patient. If 72 degrees Fahrenheit is your desired temperature, know that setting the thermostat to 72 degrees will cool your home to that temperature just as quickly as if you set it to 60 degrees. Set the thermostat to the temperature you desire, and let it remain there.
3. “I can just buy a fan to keep cool during the summer and save money on energy costs.”
It depends. Sure, you can purchase a fan to keep cool during the hot months. In fact, we recommend doing so if it makes you more comfortable. However, it’s important for you to know that a fan cannot replace an AC unit.
Fans don’t lower the temperature within the room; they simply blow wind. It’s unlikely that you are willing to sit underneath or in front of a fan for the hours you spend inside your home.
While fans can absolutely make you feel more comfortable, they only provide a nice breeze and the illusion of a cool temperature. They will not actually make the room cooler. Keep this in mind when calculating your cooling needs this season.
4. “Having the AC on too low of a temperature for too long can give me a cold.”
No, it cannot. Yes, high use of an AC can chill you quite a bit, and being cold makes the immune system weaker, which explains why there’s an increase in sickness during winter.
However, the cold temperature alone is not enough. Cold temperatures do not generate viruses, and you can only catch a cold from a virus.
If you are in contact with sick people or are exposed to airborne viruses and your AC is at really cold temperatures, then you can get sick. Cold temperatures can influence illness, but they do not cause it. Your AC unit is not the culprit here.
5. “Getting my AC unit serviced doesn’t actually make a noticeable difference.”
Wrong! AC units work hard and need to have strong ventilation. A dirty AC unit will make it hard for the unit to run effectively and efficiently.
Regular maintenance is crucial to efficient operation. Getting your unit professionally maintained can help catch problems that might occur later on. Catching a major problem before it happens can save a lot of money and even prevent a major headache.
TemperaturePro® El Paso Is Here to Help
There are so many more questions customers ask us, but it would be impossible to cover them all in one comprehensive post. Instead, with the blazing heat well on its way, we’ve chosen to share 5 of the most common questions we get regarding air conditioning myths.
If you have any more questions about air conditioning myths or any other HVAC-related topic, please don’t hesitate to ask us over the phone or in person. We at TemperaturePro® El Paso love helping our customers and will gladly answer any questions you may have or debunk any myth you’ve been told.