3 AC Myths That Raise Your Electricity Bill
April 20, 2018
Nobody wants to pay more in electricity bills than they absolutely have to.
But that’s exactly what many Kansas City homeowners do every summer.
Why? Because, unfortunately, they fall victim to certain AC myths that do nothing but raise their energy bills (AND make them uncomfortable).
To help YOU avoid ridiculously high energy bills this summer, we’ll debunk these 3 common AC myths:
- “Running ceiling fans lowers the temperature of my home.”
- “Keeping windows open on a hot day makes my home more comfortable.”
- “Turning the thermostat way down makes the AC cool off my home faster.”
In this article, we’ll share…
- Why these myths are false
- Some AC tips that WILL save you money
Let’s start by debunking these 3 expensive AC myths...
Avoid these 3 expensive AC myths...
Myth #1: “Running ceiling fans lowers the temperature of my home.”
This is a myth because fans don’t actually lower the temperature of a room while they’re running.
Instead, fans make us feel cool—but only when we’re in that room.
You see, sweat evaporating from our skin is our body’s natural way of cooling us off when we’re hot. And when a fan is turned on and circulating air, it’s easier for sweat to evaporate from your body.
But when you’re not in the room and the fan is turned on, it’s just circulating air without changing the temperature. And it’s wasting electricity, too.
Pro tip: Make sure you turn off your fans when nobody is in the room.
Myth #2: “Keeping windows open on a hot day makes my home more comfortable.”
Some homeowners firmly believe that the fresh air from open windows + the cool air of an AC makes for higher comfort levels.
And sure, keeping the windows open adds fresh airflow to the home, but it also raises:
- The indoor temperature
- Humidity levels
- Your energy bills
You see, the warmer the indoor temperature and the higher the humidity, the harder your AC has to work to cool your home, which raises energy bills significantly.
Pro tip: Leave your windows and doors closed during the day while your AC is on. If you want you can turn off your AC and open windows at night, when temperatures have cooled down.
Myth #3: “Turning the thermostat way down makes the AC cool off my home faster.”
Unfortunately, that’s not how it works. You see, most air conditioners cool at the same rate, no matter how low you turn the thermostat.
So turning down the temperature will only make your AC run longer, which means it will consume more energy. And the more energy your AC consumes, the more expensive your energy bill will be.
Pro tip: Just set your thermostat to the temperature you actually want your home to be.
Want some AC tips that actually save you money? Try these...
Tip #1: Keep your blinds and curtains closed
We explained earlier that you don’t want to open windows on a hot day, but we’d also recommend keeping blinds and curtains closed during the day as well.
You see, heat can still enter your home through closed windows with the curtains/blinds open. Consider investing in some special drapes that are specially designed to block the heat.
Tip #2: Open your air vents
Closing vents, even in unused rooms, makes your AC work harder to cool your home. So to save your AC from overworking itself (which will also cut down on your energy bills), we recommend leaving all of your air vents open.
Tip #3: Change your air filter
Changing a clogged air filter will ensure your AC doesn’t work harder than it has to. You see, a dirty air filter “suffocates” your system, which makes it harder for air to enter the system.
Think of this as trying to breathe with a thick blanket over your nose and mouth—you immediately have to work harder to breathe, right?
We recommend changing your air filter once per month during the summer to avoid this problem.
Tip #4: Schedule AC maintenance (if you haven’t already)
Regular AC maintenance is essential for keeping your energy bills low.
During an AC tune-up a professional will make sure all of the components in your system are lubricated and working properly, which improves your AC’s efficiency.
The more efficient your AC, the less energy it will consume and the lower your energy bills will be.
Need to schedule your AC maintenance?
We’ll make sure your AC is in the best shape possible so you don’t spend any more than you have to on your electricity bills this summer.
Visit our maintenance page for more information about our maintenance plans and 365 Comfort Club.
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