While there are a number of ways to save energy while using your HVAC system, not all of them are as successful as you might think. Even if you have a thermostat installed, you may not be using it effectively. In today’s post, local AC repair company The Ice-Man shares some common myths that surround thermostats and the truth behind them:
Myth 1: Setting the thermostat much higher or lower than the temperature you actually want will help the system reach the comfortable temperature you desire faster.
Truth: The truth is that HVAC equipment doesn’t work on the premise that if you want to quickly heat or cool your home, you should set the thermostat to the highest or lowest setting possible because then the system will blow hotter or colder air. In actuality, it heats and cools at the same rate regardless of the setting you choose.
Turning the thermostat up or down beyond your comfort level will only lead to discomfort and a higher electric bill.
Myth 2: Using a programmable thermostat will automatically help you save money on your energy bills.
Truth: You won’t save money on electricity by installing a programmable thermostat. However, properly operating it can help prevent the need for an emergency air conditioner repair, as well as reduce your energy consumption and thus your energy expenses.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, even turning your thermostat back seven to 10 degrees from its usual setting for eight hours a day will save you up to 10% on your annual heating and air conditioning bills.
Myth 3: Turning off your HVAC system any time you’re not at home will save you money.
Truth: Entirely shutting down your HVAC system and then turning it back on again means it’ll have to work harder to bring the house back to a comfortable temperature. When you do this, you can expect higher utility bills as a result of increased energy consumption.
Myth 4: The thermostat’s ability to function effectively is unaffected by where it’s installed in the house or structure.
Truth: The immediate environment of the thermostat can have a significant impact on its readings, which can alter the performance of your HVAC system. A thermostat’s performance is dependent on its location, which should be in a central location away from direct sunlight, drafts and heat-generating appliances.
The Ice-Man has been in the HVAC industry for more than 30 years. We’re a fully-insured and -licensed AC contractor and a family-owned and locally-operated business. We can install a new and better air conditioner, ductless system, heat pump, furnace, boiler, humidifier or any other heating and cooling equipment you might need.
Give us a call at (609) 466-9020. You can also fill out our contact form online to schedule an appointment.