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There are myths about cooling your home in the summer that many people believe. Some of these myths can cost you a lot of money, both in energy bills and a reduced lifespan of your air conditioner.

Larger Air Conditioners Are Always Better

Many people believe you should have a larger air conditioner than is needed, as it will cool your home better. An oversized air conditioner will cost you money as it will cycle on and off quickly, which decreases efficiency and increases energy bills. It will also have a shorter lifespan than a properly sized AC unit.

Turn Your Thermostats Down to Cool Your Home Faster

Unless you have a variable-speed air conditioner, turning down the temperature on your thermostat won’t cool your home faster. Your air conditioner can only cool your home so fast, no matter what your thermostat is set to.

Closing Vents Reduces Energy Bills

Another myth is that closing vents in unused rooms will reduce energy bills. When vents are closed, the balance of airflow in your air conditioning system is thrown out of balance. Closing vents can also cause the compressor in your air conditioning system to be overworked, which increases energy bills and shortens its lifespan.

Turn Off Air Conditioner When Not at Home

Some people believe they should turn their AC system off when they’re not home. This myth will cost you money as your air conditioner needs to work really hard to bring your home back to a comfortable temperature. It’s more efficient to set your thermostat 5-10 degrees higher when away than the temperature you set when you’re home.

Beckham & Jones in Huntsville, TX, can help you with your cooling needs. We repair, tune-up and replace air conditioners. We offer the same services for heaters, including furnaces and heat pumps. Our company can also help with your home’s indoor air quality. Please call today to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions.

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