Breaking Down 4 Myths About Air Conditioning

If you want to keep your house cool, you need to understand how your air conditioning system actually works. Myths about air conditioning systems can hold you back from getting the most from your air conditioner.

Myth #1: Dropping Your Thermostat Cools Your Home

Many people wrongly believe that dropping down their thermostat to the lowest setting will help their home cool off faster. However, this isn't really true. Your home is going to cool down at the same rate, no matter how low you put your thermostat. For example, if your home is at 75, and you want it to be 70, and you turn your thermostat down to 65, your home will not reach 70 fasters than it would if you just left the thermoset

on 70. It will cool down at the same rate, and your AC will continue to run at the same pace.

Myth #2: Bigger AC Are Better

Next, many people wrongly believe that bigger air conditioners are better. Installing an air conditioner whose capacity is too big for your space isn't going to make your home cooler. Instead, the compressor is not going to run at the right rates and will experience quick cycling.

This will cause the compressor to wear out at an accelerated rate, and the unit is not going to last as long, so you will end up replacing it sooner. A bigger air conditioning unit is not going to last as long as it should and will run up your electricity bill. It is not going to perform better.

Myth #3: Air Filters Don't Need to Be Replaced that Often

Many people wrongly believe that air filters don't need to be replaced that often. In fact, having a clean air filter is essential to keeping your air conditioning system running smoothly.

If you use your air conditioner regularly throughout the spring and summer, you will need to replace or clean your air filter regularly. When your air filter gets clogged up, your system will not run effectively as it should.

Myth #4: Thermostat Location Doesn't Matter

Finally, where you place your thermostat matters, if the thermostat is placed next to another appliance that heats or cools the thermostat, such as a refrigerator or a dishwasher, that is going to impact the average temperature reading in your home, which is going to impact how your air conditioner behaves. You want to place your thermostat in a location where the temperature is not affected by other appliances.

To learn more information about air conditioning, reach out to an HVAC contractor near you.