Here comes summer! Despite wonderful advances in technology and construction, some common air conditioner myths about AC repair, maintenance, and replacement still seem to haunt homeowners and technicians alike. The Adeedo professional team is here to set the record straight!
Are you guilty of believing any of these myths? You might be surprised!
Myth: Replacing an AC Unit Before It Quits Is a Waste of Money
We’re starting with a big one! There are two facts about an air conditioner that’s near the end of its working life: it’s probably costing you more money to run than you think, and it’s no longer running at maximum efficiency.
When are you most likely to discover if your air conditioner has blasted its last cool breeze? The first time you use it on a hot day in the summer, of course! Along with everyone else in Southern California!
Myth: Small Home + Big AC = Faster Cooling
Think of this another way. Would you put a monster truck engine on a lawnmower and expect it to still operate effectively?
Your home AC system is the same. Bigger isn’t always better.
A big AC system blasts cold air in large volumes, but this burst of cold can confuse your thermostat, causing it to shut off before your house is any cooler. Running on these “short cycles” leads to sapping more energy and additional wear and tear.
Myth: It Doesn’t Matter Where You Put the Thermostat
Don’t confuse your thermostat! Strategic placement is key for optimal performance.
Thermostats are designed to gauge the temperature of your home and control the climate. But when it’s confused by too much sunlight or a strong breeze, this sends mixed signals.
Myth: We Don’t Use the Furnace in The Summer
Sorry, this is another common myth to bust! Central AC units “condition,” dehumidify, and circulate the air. But not without help from the furnace!
Myth: Dropping the Temperature Will Cool the Home Faster
This myth has been around for decades, and yet, it’s still not accurate! How fast your home cools down doesn’t have anything to do with the temperature you set. It will actually take longer to reach a sub-zero temperature!
There are several factors that play into this myth. Variable-speed AC units, the starting temperature inside, and the temperature you set it at.
Variable-speed units have many different speeds of blasting air out, but the air inside still takes time to cool. A lower temperature doesn’t mean a speedy cool-down.
Myth: “Save” Cool Air by Closing the Vents
Unfortunately, you can’t “save” cool air, but you can do a great job of chilling your air ducts by closing the vents.
This practice can throw your AC system off balance and create uneven temperatures throughout your home. You could also cause pressure to build up in your HVAC system, which could lead to an expensive AC repair.
Fact: A Seasonal AC Tune-Up Can Prevent a Busted System!
We hope these myths helped you understand your system and how to use it more efficiently. By the time you start experiencing trouble with your AC system, this may indicate it’s already too late to repair.
Keeping up on regular AC maintenance is highly recommended to avoid being surprised by an out-of-commission unit during a scorching Southern California summer! Contact the Adeedo team today and get your summer cool-down on the books!