Often times when we visit a residential or commercial customer we run into “common knowledge” that are actually myths. As with any myth, it is almost impossible to trace the origin of this information, but they all have varying levels of truth behind them. We wanted to provide some information and insight into the common heating and cooling myths we run into and provide information that can help you properly maintain your system and get the most out of your units. It is always a great idea to speak to a professional heating and cooling company with any questions or concerns.
Common myths about heating and cooling.
- Using a fan will help cool down the room it is in. This is only partly true. Although it does feel like a fan blowing on you will cool you down, a fan doesn’t actually lower the temperature of the room it is in, it only helps to circulate air. So yes fans are a good idea to help create air flow, especially in rooms that don’t get good airflow, if you want to actually lower the temperature of your home or business you need to use an air conditioner or swamp cooler.
- Cranking the temperature up or down will help reach the desired temperature quicker. Let’s say you want your temperature to be 68 degrees and your house is burning hot. It might make sense to crank the air conditioner down to 60 degrees in hopes to reach the desired temperature faster. In actuality, however, this is not the case. An air conditioner will lower temperature at the same rate whether you are talking about lowering the temp by 10 degrees or 30 degrees from current levels. In essence, adjusting your thermostat really high up or down will unfortunately not speed things up.
- Shorter run times will result in a lower energy bill. The truth is that your furnace or air conditioner use the most energy during the first 3-5 minutes of operation. These units become far more energy efficient after they have been running for a while. An ideal window is to have the unit run 40-50 minutes at a time before a shutoff cycle. This will result in stable temperatures at in energy saving and cost-efficient manner.
Speak to a professional HVAC technician.
We have always believed that an informed customer is a happy customer. If you have any questions or concerns about the heating or cooling system in your home or business please call us at 801-930-0629 we are happy to provide free inspections and estimates.