Steer Clear of These Common Traps
To say homeowners make many decisions is an understatement. Between appliances, decor, maintenance and security, you are always weighing options and making choices. For example, understanding the differences between a surge protector vs. a power strip and purchasing the right product for your home. Or choosing between central air and a ductless mini-split when you’re in the middle of a home renovation.
During the summer, some of our most crucial decisions pertain to the air conditioner. Unfortunately, many homeowners have been misinformed about how to properly use their air conditioners, maximize their comfort and minimize their energy bills. That’s why, before summer kicks off in full swing, we want to share some of the most common AC myths with you. By debunking these myths ahead of time, you can avoid AC repair and get as much out of your air conditioner as possible.
Myth #1: Lowering the Thermostat More Will Cool My Home Faster
Air conditioners don’t respond to urgency. If your home is very hot and you desperately lower the thermostat to 60 degrees, it’s going to cool your home at the same speed as if you had set it to 70 degrees. Always set the thermostat to the temperature you actually want so you don’t need to go back and adjust it later.
Myth #2: When It Comes to Air Conditioners, Bigger Is Better
This is a trap you never want to fall into. If your air conditioner is too big, it will cycle on and off rapidly because the excess cooling power will trick the thermostat into thinking the home is cooler than it is. It will turn off before the home can actually reach the set temperature, and then it will turn on again. This vicious cycle puts unnecessary wear and tear on your equipment and can result in premature system failure. A licensed and reputable contractor will understand how to properly size equipment and recommend the right fit for your home. At Miller’s, we are meticulously trained to conduct load calculations and ensure the right-sized air conditioner for each and every home.
Myth #3: Maintaining One Temperature 24/7 Is Best
Many people avoid touching the thermostat because they think any adjustments will increase their energy bills. In actuality, raising the temperature while you’re at work or away results in maximum savings. From a financial standpoint, the best thing you can do is invest in a programmable thermostat that will automatically adjust the temperature based on a preset schedule. Keep your home warmer in the summer while you’re at work and then return home to a cooler, more comfortable temperature. The same goes for heating during the winter. Keeping your home cooler during the day and warmer at night will help you save more than maintaining one temperature 24/7.
Myth #4: I Shouldn’t Replace the AC Until It Dies
When a car starts breaking down frequently, you know it’s time for a new one. Nothing is more frustrating than pouring money into a car that lets you down time and time again. Well, the same goes for air conditioners.
If your AC is older and needs to be repaired frequently, you should replace it sooner rather than later. Otherwise, you are wasting money on an inefficient piece of equipment that’s only going to break down again. While replacing the air conditioner is a significant investment, it’s important to realize you’ll save more money in the long run. If your air conditioner is older but still operating efficiently, by all means, hold onto it and get the most out of your investment. But if it’s racking up your energy bills and repeatedly malfunctioning, replacing it is the best financial move you can make.
Myth #5: It Doesn’t Matter Where the Thermostat Is Installed
Any technician worth his or her salt knows that the thermostat can’t go just anywhere. If the thermostat is installed in a very sunny spot, for example, it will always think your home is warmer than it is. This means the AC will turn on more often than it should. This can result in a number of issues, including excess wear and tear on the AC, an uncomfortable indoor temperature and higher energy bills. The thermostat should always be installed on an interior wall that’s away from direct sunlight, the kitchen, air vents, windows and doors. Ideally, it should be placed somewhere in the center of your home.
Stay in Control With Miller’s
By seeing these myths for what they are, you can make better decisions for your home. As your local cooling experts, Miller’s is here to equip you with the tools and information you need to make smart decisions for your home finances and comfort. Wondering whether a ductless mini-split is right for your home? Need to schedule AC repair or maintenance? We have all of your cooling needs covered.
To connect with our team or request service for your home, please contact us online or call Miller’s Heating & Air Conditioning at 757.909.6811 today.