Everyone wants to get the most out of their air conditioner, however listening
to advice from friends or family who don’t have HVAC experience
rarely helps you get there. In fact, we often hear a number of myths and
misconceptions that are filled with false, unreliable information that
could actually harm your system. So on this blog, we’ll take a look
at just a few of them and set the record straight.
Closing Your Vents Makes Your System More Effective
Many people believe that heating and cooling a little-used room wastes
money, so they choose to shut the vents and close the door. The truth
is shutting the vents on your room actually creates more pressure in your
ducts, which creates resistance on your system, wears out your blower
motor, and could even cause a system breakdown. And it doesn’t save
you money. Leave your vents open and let your system do its job as intended
and you’ll get much better results.
Shorter Operations Save Money
Air conditioners and heaters are the
least efficient for the first three to five minutes after startup, so a system
that’s frequently turning on and shutting off is actually wasting
a ton of energy. Let your system run for 30 to 40 minutes for optimal
Crank Down the Temp for Faster Results
Unless you have a variable-speed blower, your system has two speeds: on
and off. Cranking the temperature down lower doesn’t push cold air
into your home any faster than a more normal setting does, so it’s
best to simply set the temperature where you want it and let the system
work. You’ll put less strain on your heating and cooling elements
as well, which will increase their longevity.
Energy-Efficient Systems Always Save Money
This one is tricky. It’s true that an energy-efficient system can save you
a lot of money, but only if you set them up to succeed. Your system must be
the right size for your home, your ducts must be in good shape, and your
home must be sealed for air leaks in order to prevent unwanted heat loss.
If these things are neglected, your energy-efficient system isn’t
going to save you anything over your old one.
No Problems? No Problem! Right?
You wouldn’t wait for a catastrophe to get your car serviced, so
why would you do the same to your heater or air conditioner? The truth
is an annual tune-up service can ensure your systems are ready to handle
the demand up ahead and are running as efficiently as possible.
Schedule your maintenance service with our Murrieta air conditioning service
experts! Call Correy Baker Heating & Air today at (951) 419-4146.