At Snellville Heating and Air we hear a lot of myths surrounding air conditioning and keeping your home cool for less. We’ve addressed 3 that we hear a lot and the realities behind them.

Myth #1: Cranking the temperature on your thermostat way up when you leave the house will lower your air conditioning bills.

The Truth: This is a tip you’ve probably heard before – we hear it a lot in Gwinnett, Walton, Newton, Rockdale, DeKalb, and Fulton County Georgia. But actually, it’s only partially true. Yes, it’s better to raise the temperature on your thermostat rather than completely turning off your air conditioner when leaving the house, however, the key here is how long and by how much. The U.S. Department of Energy claims you’ll see the most savings when you set your thermostat back for at least 8 hours and for no more than 5 degrees. Half day shopping trips to the mall, or lunch out with a friend is not long enough to make a substantial difference in the amount of energy your A/C consumes – and adjusting more than 5 degrees causes the AC to spend too much time and energy recouping. If you typically set your thermostat at 78 degrees, then it is best to raise the temperature to 83 when stepping out for the day. Upon returning home, lower the temperature to 78 and the AC System only has to cool off the home by 5 degrees. To help you remember – and time – the setback temperatures, consider installing something to do it for you, a programmable thermostat.

Myth #2: If you upgrade to a new energy-efficient air conditioner, you’ll drastically reduce your electric bills.

The Truth: Again, this is only partially true. While a new air conditioner from Snellville Heating and Air that meets today’s energy efficiency standards is a step in the right direction, it’s only one piece to the puzzle. It’s important to purchase a unit sized correctly for your home, and that other elements of your HVAC system are considered – like your ductwork and airflow. Before moving to a new unit, contact Snellville Heating and Air in Gwinnett, Walton, Newton, Rockdale, DeKalb, or Fulton County Georgia who can help you get one of our technicians to identify any energy weaknesses in your overall HVAC system that could affect your overall system performance.

Myth #3: Keeping ceiling fans running will help you save on energy costs because your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to cool a room.

The Truth: Ceiling fans have no bearing on the overall temperature inside a room. They simply move air around which is what makes you feel cooler when you’re in a room with a ceiling fan. Ceiling fans are only helpful when they are running in an occupied room. If nobody is around, the ceiling fan isn’t doing any good and should be shut off – not to mention it’s consuming it’s own bit of energy when it’s left running.

Snellville Heating and Air has a whole team of professionals trained and experienced in helping you save money while still staying cool. Do you have a question about your air conditioner? Do you live in Gwinnett, Walton, Newton, Rockdale, DeKalb, or Fulton County Georgia?

Call us today and become one of our many satisfied customers!