Americans are always looking for new and better ways to save up some energy with the viewpoint of minimizing their carbon footprints and saving money at the same time. What’s funny however is that this has led to some air conditioning myths developing around the way people ‘assume’ it is wisest to treat their ACs. Some of these actually contradict with how an AC actually works. Here we expose 3 commonly held misleading beliefs about AC use for you so you can know better about doing what’s best for your home, energy saving, and your AC!
1.Humidity in the room can be decreased by setting lower AC temperatures. This is not true.Although relative humidity and outdoor temperatures are factors in determining how much energy your AC will consume, temperature settings alone cannot alter humidity in the room. In some cases, you may find that it helps if you try out different AC modes on the remote such as ‘Dry mode’ with a higher temperature setting in order to reduce humidity within the room. In this way, your guests will be able to sweat less.
2.Your AC system only needs to be checked when there is a problem. This is not the most ideal attitude with regards to maintaining your air conditioner in a good state at all. The longer the internal problems are left on their own to regress while use of the machine continues, the heftier the bill of a repair visit from the mechanic will be at the end of this period. Routine maintenance is non-dispensable even if the AC seems to be working fine. A good cleaning of the AC filter alone, can increase efficiency by 5%.
3.Keep the AC turned on all day long, it’s OK; but don’t switch it on and off constantly. The truth could not be further from this. In fact, turning off the AC at regular intervals for a break means that when it actually is turned on, it will be more energy-efficient and waste less energy to provide you with the same cool temperatures!
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