4 Myths About Cooling Your Home

May 26, 2017

Home cooling myths prevent you from effectively cooling your Alabama home, and sometimes they waste your energy. We’re here to set the record straight on four cooling myths we hear all too often.

The AC Only Produces Cold Air

If an air conditioner only produced cold air, it would be called an air cooler or an air chiller. Part of the conditioning process is removing humidity from your home. The humidity is part of what makes you feel so hot. An AC that doesn’t remove humidity needs to be repaired.

Ceiling Fans Cool Rooms

A ceiling fan does not cool down a room. It moves the air within a room, and when that moving air hits your skin, it causes sweat to evaporate. That makes you feel cooler, even when the room’s temperature doesn’t change. Only turn on your ceiling fans when you’re in the room.

Installing a Big Air Conditioner Works Best

Bigger is not better with air conditioners. Your air conditioner needs to be sized correctly, so it can do its job of both pumping in cool air and removing the humidity. If it’s too big, it won’t stay on long enough to dehumidify your home, so the right size depends on the size of your home.

You Should Never Change the Temperature

Some people leave the thermostat set at the same temperature all day, because they believe the AC has to “work harder” to cool down the house when you get home. In fact, cooling a house nobody is in for eight hours is a big energy waste. Set it to 78 when you’re not home for energy savings.

One more myth that does serious harm? That your HVAC system doesn’t need maintenance. To keep it running, you need a yearly maintenance appointment for both the air conditioner and the furnace, which you can get from us at Keith Air Conditioning, Inc. Don’t spend extra on big repairs when maintenance would’ve caught them when they were small. Call us today at 251-476-3610.