7 Cooling Myths Debunked
You want to keep your air conditioning unit running smoothly throughout the season. However, there are a few myths that can put the health of your system in jeopardy. You need to avoid these common mistakes with your system. Here are seven of the biggest cooling myths that you will want to avoid.
1. I Can Save Money by Closing Vents in Unused Rooms
All air conditioners are designed to cool down a specific home size. This is why it is important to find a system that is just the right size for your building. When you close off vents, you might be building up pressure within your system. With extra pressure, your components will have added stress, and you could experience breaking parts. In some cases, that added pressure can lead to leaks in your system. While it might seem like a great idea to close vents, you could also be wasting money and energy.
If you are looking to keep your system working at an optimal level, your vents need to stay open to allow even cooling throughout your home. When you keep the vents open, you are allowing the cooling system to work as intended with the proper airflow in your ductwork.
2. I Should Turn “Off” the System When Not at Home
You may have heard conflicting advice on whether to leave your cooling system “on” or “off” when you are not home. For many people, they will keep their systems running throughout the day. If you do decide to turn off the cooling unit, you will not see any significant savings. In fact, when the system is turned back on, it will take longer to cool down your entire home. A system that operates for an extended period of time will use more energy. For you, large energy consumption will raise those energy bills.
For those who want to save money, you might want to invest in a programmable thermostat. You can set it to raise the temperatures when you are away. In some cases, the thermostat can be programmed with a simple phone app. If you have an old school system, you will want to set the temperature for no more than three to four degrees higher than usual when you are gone.
3. I Can Use a Portable Unit to Cool Down Certain Parts of the House
For some people, they may want to use a portable cooling unit to keep their home cold. If you need to break out a secondary unit, there is something wrong with your central cooling system. Your cooling system is designed to cool down your entire home. A home that has one or more uncomfortable rooms is not adequately cooling down your living areas. You need to find out why the system is not working correctly. You also don’t want to operate a piece of equipment that could be hazardous to your home and family. In addition, a portable cooling system could be costing you more money in energy bills.
When you notice uneven temperatures in your home, it might be time for a duct cleaning or tune-up. A professional technician will conduct an inspection of your system and find the problem with it. When you have a properly working system, there is no need for additional portable units in your home. If you have a problem with your system, C & C Heating & Air Conditioning is ready to help you with all your cooling issues.
4. I Don’t Need Maintenance for a Working Unit
If your system doesn’t have problems, you might be tempted to avoid maintenance on it. However, when you skip those important maintenance visits, you could harm your cooling system. Your air conditioning system is complex, and you need a professional to provide seasonal care and maintenance. The technician will check out the components, refill vital fluids and change air filters. With this service, you will increase the efficiency of the system. In addition, regular maintenance will prevent future repairs of your cooling system. While you might save money by avoiding those maintenance visits, you will have to spend more when a component breaks due to neglect.
5. The Cooling System Needs to Break Down Before I Replace It
For those units that are older than a decade, you should consider replacing your cooling system. You don’t want to be stuck in a hot house when your system decides to break down. With a new cooling unit, you can avoid spending extra money on those emergency calls. In many cases, you can recoup the cost of a new cooling system in just a few years. When you are proactive about your cooling replacement, you will feel more comfortable and save money on your bills.
6. A Bigger Cooling System Is More Effective at Cooling Down My Home
You need the right size unit to cool down your home efficiently. The size of your cooling system will depend on the layout, quality and design of your ductwork. You might think that “bigger is better,” but an oversized system will often short-cycle. When that happens, there will be frequent transitions between the on and off modes. As a result, your cooling system will experience constant wear and tear that could lead to a breakdown. The right cooling system will efficiently cool down your home and help you save money on your energy bills.
Before you purchase a system for your home, you need to make sure it is the right one for you. A professional contractor will help you find the best system for your home’s needs. You can cool down your home without the need for a large unit that will use excessive amounts of energy.
7. A Name-Brand Unit Is the Only Choice to Cool Down My Home
When purchasing a new unit, you might want to select a name-brand cooling system. It is a big decision to replace your cooling system. Many budget units can keep your home cool during the summer. In most cases, the name of the product doesn’t matter since many will perform in the same way. However, you should think about choosing the right contractor to install your system. A brand-name product is still a good choice, but without the proper installation, your system will not run efficiently. Even high-quality cooling systems will do a poor job of cooling down your home if it is improperly installed.
We Can Help With All Your Cooling Needs
C & C Heating & Air Conditioning is here to provide you with reliable cooling and heating services throughout Roseville and the metro Detroit area. Whether you have a home or business, we can handle all your HVAC repairs, HVAC installations and HVAC maintenance calls. We also offer duct cleaning and indoor air quality tests. From the summer to winter, we want to make sure to keep you staying comfortable. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and we also are highly rated on Angie’s List. If you are looking for assistance with your cooling system, we can help you find the right system to save money and keep you cool.
Contact C & C Heating & Air Conditioning today for your cooling and heating issues in Roseville and the greater Detroit surrounding area.