Common Home Cooling Myths That Raise Your Electric Bill

Did you know that millions of homeowners pay higher electricity bills while inadequately cooling their home? That’s because they fall prey to a variety of myths that fail to do anything but usher in the sweltering heat and spike their energy bills in the process. This does not have to be you! Keep cool and save some money while you’re at it after learning from these common home cooling myths.

An Open Window on a Hot Day

We’ve all heard it. Leaving a window open on a hot day with the air conditioner running promotes airflow and keeps rooms cooler than they would if the window were closed. The problem here is that an open window raises the overall indoor temperature, promotes high humidity levels, and as a result is particularly unforgiving to energy bills. Really, this strategy is fundamentally flawed from the outset, because the excessive indoor air temperature and humidity levels that result from an open window only force the AC to work harder.

Fortunately, the problem is easily solved by leaving your windows and doors closed during the day while the AC runs, and opening your windows during the evening with the AC off. The cool air will pervade the room and you won’t have to worry about your electric bills!

Ceiling Fans Lower the Overall Temperature

People think that running the ceiling fan lowers the overall room temperature. While running a fan makes us feel cooler, that’s about all it’s good for. Why? It all comes down to sweat, our body’s natural mechanism for cooling itself. Fans make it easier for sweat to evaporate, giving us the impression that we feel cool without actually doing anything to change the overall room temperature.

Turning the Thermostat Down Helps the AC Work Faster

Nearly all air conditioners cool at the same pace, so turning the thermostat way down won’t make any difference in terms of cooling faster. Doing so causes the AC to run longer, resulting in significantly higher energy consumption and significantly higher electric bills. Rather than flipping your thermostat across every conceivable temperature, just dial in a comfortable setting and leave it be.

If you are still not sure what is causing your high energy bills, or are looking for a way to solve an identified problem, the professional technicians at Service First Heating and Cooling are ready and waiting to help. Give them a call or visit their website to request an estimate or schedule a consultation.