Heating And Cooling Energy Myths

13 October 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

When it comes to energy conservation, some homeowners think they know it all. However, the reality is that a number of people don't know quite as much as they thought. This is especially the case when it comes to heating and cooling your home with energy efficiency in mind. Here are just some of the more common myths some homeowners get confused by.

Quick Warm Ups Are More Efficient

Wouldn't it make sense to turn your thermostat to 90 degrees for an hour and then lower it to 60 to save energy? No. A number of people think that engaging in this practice will quickly warm their home and allow them to simply live off the heat in the home without their heating system coming back on. Home heating systems are either generating heat or they aren't.

When the thermostat is set high, the system is producing heat and working hard to bring the air temperature inside your home from cool to warm. When you drop the temperature on the thermostat, the unit is no longer producing heat to maintain the temperature. Rather quickly, the inside air temperature will drop and require you to repeat the quick warm up cycle repeatedly. This practice will quickly cause your bills to soar and make your home quite uncomfortable.

No Need To Cool An Empty House

There is a common idea that it's not necessary to cool your home when no one is home. While you don't need to cool your home to the same temperature you did when you're there, you do need to generate some cool air when the house is empty. If you completely shut off your unit, on a hot or humid day the indoor temperate could substantially increase throughout the day.

By the time you do return home and adjust the thermostat, not only would you need to increase the air temperature to cool the air, but some structures around your home, such as the walls or furniture, can also hold heat, so they would also need to be cooled off before your home was comfortable. All this does is cause your air conditioning system to work harder and use more energy. When you're going to be away, only slightly raise the temperature.

Learning how to decipher fact from fiction when it comes to heating and cooling your home can help keep your energy cost low, which is the ultimate goal. For further assistance, contact local AC repair professionals, such as those from Southwest Heating and Cooling.