Fans Don't Cool the House
Turning on ceiling and floor fans might make you feel cooler, but it won't actually bring down the temperature in the house. When you're home, you can set the thermostat around five degrees higher with fans on because they make you feel cooler by the air blowing on you. However, if you aren't home then there is no reason to keep fans blowing. It will only cost you energy and blow the same temperature air around the house.
Closing Vents is a Bad Idea
Some people think that closing vents can help save money by not expending energy heating or cooling the room where the vent is located. However, that is not true. Your HVAC system will use the same amount of energy even if the vents are closed. In fact, closing vents can actually cause quite a few problems for the HVAC system. It can make the system have to work harder to try and overcome the blocked off vents and still equalize the temperature in the home. Some of the issues that can come from this are duct leaks, frozen evaporator coils, airflow issues, pressure issues, dead compressors, humidity problems, cracked heat exchange, and more.
Bigger Isn't Always Better
It might be tempting to get a larger air conditioner in order to have a cooler home; however, that won't work. Your unit should be properly sized for the square footage of your home. An over-sized unit will only cause issues for your home including increased humidity, poor airflow and distribution, and frequent cycling on and off which uses a lot more energy than necessary. Be sure to consult with HVAC professionals to get the right sized unit installed in your home.
HVAC Systems Can Last a Long Time
If properly maintained, HVAC systems can actually last 10 to 20 years! Efficiency can start to dwindle at the end of a unit's lifespan. The best way to keep your system running as long as possible, be sure to schedule service checks 1-2 times per year. Scheduling these appointments in spring and fall can be very helpful for your systems as they prepare for the coming winter cold or summer heat.
If you have questions about your HVAC system. be sure to call our team at Royal Heating & Air! We can help maintain and repair your systems as needed to help keep your home comfortable for years to come. Give us a call to learn more: 573-480-4313.
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