If you live anywhere in the United States where it gets really hot during summers, you ought to have an air conditioning unit at home to find some relief from the heat. As someone who considers the AC their best friend during the summer, trust me when I say I couldn’t and wouldn’t make it in the dead heat of summer in New York, especially after the brutal heatwave that we experienced this year. It was like being in one of the seven circles of hell, and even an AC barely helped with it. But it was better than nothing. Having said this, and there is a lot of myths circulating on the internet about ACs and how they function.
#Myth 1- A fan is better than an AC
Okay, a fan might be cheaper than an AC, but it doesn’t keep your room cooler. A fan only moves air around the room and while it creates a wind life effect it doesn’t cool it off. If the room is closed over time, you’ll start to feel hot because the fan is circulating it around. While an AC actively cools down a room, a fan doesn’t affect the overall temperature of a room or home unless it is working alongside an AC or an open window. So, no a fan isn’t better than an AC when it comes to cooling down a room, but it is better when you compare the monetary value of both.
#Myth 2- A bigger AC will provide better results
I mean, of course, it will, but you will also have a bigger electricity bill at the end of the month. It’s a bit like Goldilocks’ story, but instead of finding the perfect bowl of porridge, you are trying to find an AC that will perfectly fit the size of the room that you want to cool down. Both the bigger AC and the one that is best suited for the room will get from point A to point B, and while the bigger air conditioning system will get there faster, it will also need more energy to do so.
#Myth 3- Turning your air conditioning system all the way down will cool your home quicker.
This is untrue, and according to experts, an AC system will cool a room at the same rate no matter the temperature you set it. Turning your AC all the way down to 18°C won’t get your room to your desired temperature faster than if you set it at 24°C. You are advised to keep the AC at 24°C as it is the optimum temperature to keep your room cool and is believed to save you money on your energy bill. Remember, setting it at a lower temperature than the recommended one will be costly for both your bank account and the environment.
#Myth 4- You don’t need to service your AC system regularly.
This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make as a home and air conditioning system owner. Don’t wait until there is a problem with your AC to call a professional to fix it, rather have regular servicing, which could avoid any major repairs that will cost you an arm and a leg in the future. You should also hit up a professional top clean it because over time, there is a lot of gunk and dust that collect inside it and makes its work slower, and it can take it more energy. This is why you need to schedule regular visits where a professional will check it and make any repair that it needs. Remember, don’t wait until it’s too late to solve this issue. An AC system can be very temperamental, especially if it is not maintained properly.
Sound off in the comments section below and tell us if you too believed some of the myths on this list before.