Saving money with your Dallas A/C can be easy, but some of the best-meant advice can backfire. Here are five energy-saving myths that are frequently repeated for your Dallas A/C system that will probably increase energy consumption instead.
- Turn your A/C system off while you’re away: If you shut your A/C off during the day, it will require more energy to cool the house after it’s absorbed several hours of heat. Consider installing a programmable thermostat that turns down temperatures while you’re away and automatically increase cooling before you return.
- Sharp temperature setting shifts at the thermostat will cool faster: Many air conditioning systems produce cooling at a consistent rate, so “slamming” the thermostat to a lower temperature will not make the A/C cool faster. Consider installing a variable-speed air handler if you want the system to produce cooling at different speeds.
- Use ceiling fans to cool empty rooms: Ceiling fans are an excellent energy-saving addition to your Dallas A/C system. They work because they produce a cooling effect on your body when the breezes from the fan make physical contact with you. A ceiling fan will not cool a room if no one is in the room to feel the air drafts.
- Close system vents to increase efficiency: By the time air exits from the vents, energy has already been expended to cool it. Closing air vents will only keep conditioned air out of your home, which could increase energy consumption as your Dallas A/C works harder to make up for the shortfall.
- Only air conditioning can keep you cool: In emergency situations, keep cool by heading to a basement area where the sun doesn’t shine and where the floors and walls are cooler. If there’s no basement, wrap some ice in a cloth and rub it on one wrist, then the other to lower your body temperature temporarily.
AirRite Air Conditioning Company, Inc. makes Texas a little cooler with professional HVAC services in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington. Contact us today for more information on the best ways to save money with your Dallas A/C and for expert help separating energy-savings facts from myths.
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