These days, with money tight and a worldwide focus on energy conservation, it seems everybody is searching for more efficient ways to beat the summer heat. There is a multitude of urban legends, myths and home remedies out there, but many of the more popular “solutions” will actually waste more energy and put quite a dent in your wallet.
Cooling Myths Debunked
- Setting the thermostat to a very low temperature will make your home cool faster. This is typically not the case. Since most home cooling units have only one fan setting, the air temperature inside your home will adjust at a set rate regardless of the temperature setting.
- Turn off the A/C while you’re away. It takes a lot of work for an AC unit to cool a very hot home, but at the same time it wastes a lot of energy to cool an empty house. The solution? Invest in a programmable thermostat, and set it to raise the temperature 7-10 degrees while you’re away and gradually lower the temperature shortly before you return.
- Keep ceiling fans running in empty rooms to keep them cool. Ceiling fans don’t work by lowering a room’s temperature, but instead by creating a wind-chill effect. While the use of ceiling fans in conjunction with an air conditioning system can allow you to raise the thermostat a few degrees, you should turn them off when exiting a room.
- Close room vents to boost efficiency. Modern A/C systems are designed to evenly distribute air throughout the home. Closing off vents doesn’t reduce the amount of air moving through the ducts, and can result in system short cycling and damage to ducts serving the closed-off rooms.
- Using an A/C is the only way to keep cool. Consider more creative methods such as reducing internal heat sources, closing blinds and drapes to keep out the heat from the sun, and using ice cubes and cool water to stay cool.
For more information about beating the summer heat in and around Palm Beach County, forget about the aforementioned cooling myths and contact us at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating.