We constantly hear that when humidity turns the heat sticky, you and your home feel uncomfortable. And you might be thinking it’s time to set your AC thermostat at the lowest level (for quick relief), purchase the largest unit available, or just close off vents to save energy and money.
But if this is true, why does Energy.gov say to keep your house warmer than average when you are away, and setting the thermostat to 78°F only when you are at home and need cooling. It takes less energy (which means savings in your pocket) to maintain a constant temperature rather than trying to bring it down quickly.
This fact may be a wake-up call to homeowners who need to stop believing in the common air conditioning misconceptions and start saving their hard-earned cash.
Here, we explore where the air conditioning biggest myths lie and offer ways to save you money without costing you comfort, and meeting your cooling needs
What are the Biggest Air Conditioning Myths Costing You Money?
Your home will cool faster by turning your thermostat way down
- Bigger AC units work better
- Turning off the AC when you’re not home will save energy
- Air conditioning can be the cause of your summer cold
- Air filters do not have to be replaced for a year
- It’s best to let your old AC unit “kick the bucket” before replacing
- Thermostat location doesn’t affect air quality or temperature
- Fans keep a room cooler
- Close vents in unused rooms
- Your air conditioner won’t have to run as much if you keep the ceiling fan turned on
- Spring air conditioning checkups are a waste of time and money. If you have a newer unit, then be sure to start by turning fans off whenever the room is empty.
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The Second Most Important Thing to Understand About Ceiling Fans
Here is another most common way that you’ve unknowingly sabotaged your money-saving efforts.
Many homeowners don’t realize that they should raise their thermostat setting slightly when running their ceiling fans.
With air blowing on your skin from your ceiling fans, you will feel physically cooler at any given temperature than you would at the same temperature without the fan blowing. That means, if you want to feel like the room is a comfy 72 degrees, you can – and should – raise the temperature on your thermostat to 77. That 5-degree difference will be virtually unnoticed by you – except when it comes time to pay your energy bill, and then you will see how much you saved by running your AC a little less.
The Best Way to Use Your Ceiling Fan to Save Money on Your Energy Bill
It’s all starting to come together now, isn’t it? You can even start today. Try these two steps to get the most out of your AC and ceiling fan working in tandem:
- Raise the temperature on your thermostat by about five degrees. You can even go up a bit more, as long as you’re still comfortable. The higher the temperature, the less your air conditioner runs and the more you save. That simple fact is the key to saving money – with or without a fan. The fan is just the part that makes those higher temperatures feel good – plus, it always feels good to save money, especially when you’re not sacrificing your comfort levels.
- When you enter a room – and only when you enter a room – turn the ceiling fan on. Remember to turn it off again the moment you walk out. Old habits are sometimes hard to break. Just think of it like this: if you’re leaving a room, you usually turn off the lights to save energy, right? Just flip the fan switch off as well.
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