9 Air Conditioner Myths You Really Need to Stop Believing
No, your air conditioner is not going to give you a cold. Learn what other AC myths you can stop believing now.
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You don’t need to clean fins and coils
Turn your temperature lower for quicker cooling
The bigger the unit, the better
Better to let an air conditioner run until it quits
Close the vents in rooms you don’t use
Usually this does not save energy. The way a residential heating and cooling system is designed, the air handler (or blower) moves a certain amount of air no matter which vents are open or closed. Closing registers may reduce the total air moved by the blower, which reduces its efficiency.
Your AC unit is ready for summer without prep
Nope! Before the really oppressive heat arrives, make sure your air conditioner is ready to get to work. You may need to clear out dirt and debris, check the coolant level, and replace the fan filter. In addition to your AC unit, here are some other things you should clean in your home.
Your AC will give you a cold
Viruses, not cool temperatures, cause colds. The idea that being cold—or going outside with wet hair—can make you sick is one of the old wives’ tales that should be debunked.
Leaving the temperature at the same setting all day will save money
Fans will cool you down
Ceiling fans save you money by keeping you comfortable at higher thermostat settings. Each degree higher than 78 degrees will save you five to ten percent on air conditioning costs. The moving air from a ceiling fan increases the amount of evaporation from your skin and helps cool you off. Is your AC acting up? Next, check out the 10 air conditioning mistakes you can’t afford to make.