There are a lot of common AC myths you’ll hear, whether it’s the way you should maintain it or its health risks. But before you take someone’s word for it, let the experts fill you in on the truth.
Myth: You should turn your AC off when you leave home.
People commonly believe that leaving your air conditioner on when you’re not home is costly. The truth of the matter is, making a hot home cool uses more energy, which results in a costly energy bill. Instead, you should actually turn your air conditioning temperature up by 3° to 6°.
Myth: You should leave your fan on to cool your home when you’re gone.
The reason why fans and air conditioning units are different is because one only cools people and the other one cools both people and rooms. Your fan only cools people, so your home will still be hot when you return. Take the tip above for your AC, and make sure your fan is rotating counter-clockwise to ensure it cools (people) properly.
Myth: Your AC can give you a cold.
You’re more likely get a cold from being outdoors in the winter before getting sick from cool temperatures from your air conditioning. Stay healthy by bundling up in cold weather and regularly maintaining your air conditioner to avoid dirty air from circulating around your home.
Myth: The placement of your AC doesn’t matter.
As we mentioned in our When Should You Buy a New AC Unit blog, placement does matter. Keeping your AC unit out of direct sunlight or shade is ideal for air circulation. Even placing it near lamps and TVs can impact a thermostat. And your outdoor unit isn’t exempt. Placing this unit in direct sunlight can also affect outdoor to indoor exchange efficiency.
Myth: Getting the biggest AC unit you can get will keep you the coolest.
The larger the unit, the more energy and electricity it needs to run, which will definitely cause a spike in your electric bill. Get an AC unit that fits your home. This way, you can give it the potential to run a little longer and avoid unnecessary repairs in the long run.
Myth: You don’t need to have your AC serviced.
Though we’ve given you plenty of tips through our blogs to keep you well informed and capable of regularly maintaining your AC, you should still have your AC serviced by a professional at least once a year. Having your unit cleaned and maintained allows it to run efficiently, and a technician can catch potential issues early on to avoid problematic developments while not in use during the winter.
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