As with most things in life, the longer that something is used, the more myths begin to circulate about that particular object or topic. Home cooling is one such topic that has more than its fair share of myths. The problem with home-cooling myths is that these myths can cost you extra money in the form of higher utility bills or more frequent repairs on your system. Therefore, it’s important to lay these myths to rest to help you keep your Peoria home cool and do so in a way that maximizes efficiency.
Myth 1: Your Home Cools Faster the Lower You Turn Down the Thermostat
When you set the temperature on your thermostat, you are selecting the temperature you want your home to attain. If the selected temperature is different from the detected temperature, then your air conditioner will go to work to cool your home.
However, the temperature of the air that your air conditioner produces remains the same, regardless of the temperature you select. Therefore, setting your thermostat far lower than your desired temperature will not help your home cool any faster. Instead, it will just cause your air conditioner to run longer than necessary, thus raising your energy bills.
Myth 2: Bigger Is Better When It Comes to Compressors
Air conditioners of different sizes produce different volumes of cool air over a given period of time. Since larger air conditioners produce a larger volume of cool air, some people think that it’s good to have the largest-possible compressor to cool your home, no matter what size your house is.
However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. When you install a new air conditioner, it’s important to have Brothers Plumbing Air Conditioning calculate the size of the compressor you need to ensure the compressor is not oversized. This is because an oversized compressor will cool your home too quickly, resulting in fast on-off cycles that can damage your compressor and other air conditioning equipment.
Myth 3: It’s Okay to Turn Off Your Air Conditioner When You’re Not Home
The time you spend away from home provides a great opportunity to save energy by setting your thermostat to a higher temperature. However, it’s important to choose this temperature carefully to ensure you protect your home and don’t waste energy.
The last thing you want to do is to turn off your air conditioner entirely and simply set it to cool your home right before you arrive. One reason this is a bad idea is that your home will become too hot and humid while you’re away, leading to issues with wood swelling and mildew growth. Additionally, when your air conditioner does kick on, it will have to work harder and longer to get your home comfortable than it would if you had it occasionally running throughout the day.
Myth 4: You Should Close Vents in Unused Rooms
If there are rooms in your home that you don’t use much, it may make sense to close vents to prevent conditioned air from entering those rooms in order to divert that air elsewhere. However, this is simply another myth that needs to be buried. Two problems can occur when you close vents in unused rooms.
One problem is that the act of closing vents results in increased air pressure in the rest of the ductwork. Since ducts aren’t designed to handle significant air pressure, this sudden increase can lead to small cracks around the joints in your ducts that can cause the conditioned air to spill into unoccupied spaces. Additionally, since your compressor is designed to provide a specific cooling capacity for your Peoria home, if you reduce the size of the space that needs to be cooled, your air conditioner components can freeze due to overcooling.
Myth 5: Fans Make a Room Cooler
Ceiling fans can make a beautiful and practical addition to any room. To maximize their efficiency, though, it’s important to understand how to use them properly. One common misconception that we hear at Brothers Plumbing Air Conditioning is that fans lower the temperature in a room.
In fact, all that fans do is make the room feel cooler to the occupants of the room. This is because moving air feels cooler on your skin because it helps to remove perspiration. This is the same reason that a breeze feels so good on a hot day but feels miserable when it’s cold outside.
Therefore, if you want to use your ceiling fans efficiently, it’s important to only use them when you’re in the room. Otherwise, you’re simply using electricity to produce no benefit. Another way you can use fans to make a room more comfortable is to put a fan in two different windows in a room, with one facing in and one facing out. With this arrangement, you’ll be able to pull hot air out and cool air in, resulting in a more comfortable room. This is assuming, of course, that the outdoor temperature is cooler than your indoor temperature.
Myth 6: Any Air Filter Is Acceptable
One of the easiest, yet most commonly overlooked HVAC maintenance items is replacing the air filter. Even if you regularly replace the air filter, though, you could still be causing damage to your HVAC system. That’s because the type of air filter you use really matters.
When you examine an air filter, you shouldn’t be able to see through it. While it’s okay to see light, you shouldn’t be able to see through small holes between the fibers of the air filter. If you can, that means that large dust particles can get through the filter, which could cause damage to your system and leave you with unhealthy air.
Myth 7: It’s Okay to Perform Your Own HVAC Maintenance
When it comes to protecting your air conditioner from major damage, nothing beats regular maintenance. While some maintenance is perfectly fine to do on your own, it’s important to have a professional technician from Brothers Plumbing Air Conditioning take care of most of it. This will also keep any valid warranties you have in good standing.
This is because good HVAC maintenance requires special tools, such as dedicated gauges to read airflow levels, refrigerant levels, and other key measurements. Without these special tools, it’s easy to miss potential problems while they’re still small, which could cause major issues down the road. Therefore, it’s a good idea to have your system professionally maintained at least once a year.
No Myth: Brothers Plumbing Air Conditioning Can Take Care of All Your Home Cooling Needs
At Brothers Plumbing Air Conditioning, we take great pride in providing our customers with outstanding service in Peoria. One way we do this is by providing information to help you make an informed decision. We want our customer relationships to be built on trust, which is why we serve each customer with integrity and transparency.
Therefore, whether you need maintenance or repair for your furnace or air conditioner or you need a new heat pump, thermostat, or another HVAC component, we can take care of you. We also have experience in fixing many common plumbing issues, including the repair or replacement of water heaters, fixing clogged drains, and broken sewers.
We have been serving the Peoria area for over 10 years, collecting countless five-star reviews from satisfied customers along the way. Additionally, we are rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, meaning you can be sure of the service you will receive when you give us a call. If you need assistance with your air conditioner, feel free to contact us at Brothers Plumbing Air Conditioning today. We serve Peoria, AZ, and its surrounding communities.