3 Common Myths Regarding Cooling Systems

You’re probably like most people who want to save money on utility bills. You already know that you should set the thermostat to 68 degrees in the winter and 78 degrees in the summer, but is this all you can do to provide efficient, comfortable cooling inside your home? There are many cooling myths that you may adhere to and that could be costing you money and energy. Here are just a few of the common misconceptions about cooling systems.

1. Maintain a Constant Temperature

Many people believe that it’s wise to keep a thermostat at the same temperature because it takes more energy to cool a room than to maintain its current temperature. This is not true. It will take more energy to keep a constant temperature than to cool a warm house.

During the summer, setting the thermostat several degrees higher while you are away from home will give you significant energy savings. Use a programmable thermostat and set the temperature cycles for certain times of the day. You can also communicate with a smart programmable thermostat through your mobile device.

2. Setting the Thermostat Lower for Faster Cooling

A common belief is that a house will cool faster if you set the thermostat lower than your required temperature. The truth is that your system will cool or heat at the same rate no matter the thermostat settings. If you want the home to be 76 degrees, then it will take the same time and energy to reach 76 degrees whether you set the thermostat at 70 degrees or at 76 degrees.

3. Bigger Air Is Better Air

Having a larger HVAC system than your home needs does not automatically translate into more efficient cooling. In fact, not only may it not cool your home any better or faster, but it can cause comfort problems like too much humidity and poor air circulation.

At Hoff Heating & AC, we’ve provided personal and professional cooling and heating services to the communities around O’Fallon since 1983. Our technicians are NATE-certified, and we’re highly trained in all areas of heating and cooling repair, installation and maintenance services. We also offer indoor air quality tests and geothermal systems. Contact us today to see just how we can serve you.