Summer Cooling Myths

Debunked: Common Myths About How to Cool Your Home

Beating the heat in Texas comes with a lot of experimenting and word-of-mouth hacks to make your home feel cooler. However, like most things, some of the tips you may have heard aren’t all real ways to actually cool down your home.

Below we’re debunking common myths and sharing tips that are sure to keep your home cool as well as costs down this summer:

Myth: Turning off your AC while you’re away from home saves energy.

Fact

Turning off your AC while you’re gone doesn’t actually save any money on your electricity bill or conserve energy. Your AC works harder when you turn it off and back on.

Tip

Instead, gradually adjust the temperature with a programmable thermostat.

Myth: Fans alone can keep your house cool and save energy.

Fact

While ceiling fans do make you feel cooler and more comfortable in hot conditions, they create a chilling effect on your skin, which doesn’t mean your room is actually cooling down.

Tip

When a room is unoccupied, turn off ceiling fans to help save energy. They don’t cost much to operate, however, you won’t benefit from having the fan on if you’re not in the room.

Myth: Setting your thermostat on high helps you save on energy costs and keeps your house cool.

Fact

Most people believe that if they set their thermostat at high temperatures like 78°F or higher, then their electricity bill will be lower. This isn’t true. Constantly turning your unit too high or too low, or off and on frequently will cause your system to work harder to cool your home. This could result in your HVAC system eventually needing maintenance and repairs more frequently due to wear and tear.

Tip

Find a temperature setting that feels comfortable for your entire home or gradually change the temperature of your unit. Most programmable thermostats automatically adjust the temperature for you throughout the day based on the internal temperature of your home. This eventually results in your electricity bill being consistent instead of constantly fluctuating from too warm to too cold.

Myth: Large ACs are the best for keeping your house cool.

Fact

Bigger doesn’t always mean better when it comes to having an efficient air conditioner for your home. If your AC is too large, it will short cycle. This means your unit will turn off more frequently before your air conditioner can remove the humidity in your home to make it cooler.

Tip

When you’re shopping for a new AC unit, be sure to hire an expert technician to come to your house and take measurements for the right-sized air conditioner. Make sure the air conditioner you buy fits your home not only for efficiency but also for comfort.

Myth: Close air vents and doors in rooms you’re not in.

Fact

Closing openings like air vents in rooms you’re not occupying doesn’t do anything to help your unit or make your home cooler. Closed air vents can affect how efficiently your air conditioner runs. If you close doors to rooms around the house, you would be keeping air from freely circulating throughout your home.

Tip

Instead of closing openings, leave doors to rooms open so that your home can cool down from free airflow and circulate air throughout the entire house. Don’t shut air vents, it keeps air from entering the room you’re trying to cool. Leave vents open so that air can enter the room.

AC Installation and Maintenance in Houston

Is your AC not providing enough cold air to cool down your home? Or are you looking into purchasing and installing a new AC unit in time for summer? Our team of expert technicians at AirCon Service Company can help you get an estimate of how much it will cost to install, replace, or maintain your air conditioner.

Give us a call today at (281) 823-8771 to schedule an appointment or schedule your appointment online!