Summer is here, and it’s time to turn down the thermostat–or is it? Guides from Energy.gov tell you to keep your house warm when you’re away and even set the thermostat to just 78 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re at home. That’s a quick way to guarantee you’ll need AC service.
Turning off the AC doesn’t seem right for those hot summer days, especially when it takes less energy to maintain a constant temperature rather than trying to turn down the thermostat every time you get home because the house is 85 degrees!
So let’s debunk some of those myths causing your bills to rise to new heights.
What are some of these myths costing you money on your utility bill? We’ll share some of the worst ones below.
1. Quick, Turn Down the Thermostat
We’ve addressed one of the reasons why this isn’t the best method to keeping your house cool and saving money. This method is also a great way to stress out your HVAC, but what can you do when your house is sweltering and you want to cool down?
The best thing to do is to gradually turn the AC down to a comfortable temperature, while using ceiling fans or box fans to cool down quickly. If you’re constantly turning down your thermostat or notice that your AC is running all the time, then there may be an issue with your air flow as well.
2. Buying a New, Bigger AC Saves Money
This may be true if you have an older HVAC that keeps breaking and doesn’t cool down your home properly. However, you may just have a faulty condenser coil or airflow issues that a bigger AC wouldn’t solve.
In fact, it’s better to repair your HVAC and replace broken or older parts that are causing your current AC to stall or not blow cool air. In other cases, if you believe your home is too large for your AC, then it will likely run constantly due to airflow problems. You can talk to Fahrenheit about a free quote to check if that’s the problem or if it’s something else, such as ductwork cleaning or a bad coil.
3. Turning Off the AC To Save Money
It’s not a good idea to turn off the AC on hot summer days, especially if you are going away on a summer trip. When you get back, you’ll have to stress out your AC. The best thing to do would be to keep your AC a slightly higher temperature while you’re not at home so that it doesn’t run all the time, but you don’t want to turn off your unit completely.
There are also smart thermostats that can help you maintain a consistent temperature during certain times of the day.
4. Thermostat Location Doesn’t Matter
Actually you’ll save money by placing your thermostat away from cold or heating sources. It should be located in a central location in your home where it gets an average reading of temperatures.
5. Closing Vents in Unused Areas
This will drive up your utility bill very quickly. The problem is that when you close vents, you cause issues with air distribution throughout your home. This means that more pressure builds in your ducts, and your AC unit will have to work harder to cool down your home.
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