Nobody enjoys sky high energy bills, but a lot of homeowners have resigned themselves to the fact that they’re going to have to pay a lot of money each month. Even homeowners that think they’re doing all the right things could be buying into some energy myths that are supposed to save you money, but actually make your bills higher. Use these tips to keep energy myths at bay and put a few extra dollars in your pocket instead or your local utilities.
- Using a fan when you aren’t in the room. Fans only work to cool your skin – they don’t actually make a room cooler unless they’re pulling air from outside when the temperature is lower than it is in your home. Turn the fan off when you’re not in the room and you’ll save money.
- Leaving the A/C running because it’s more efficient than simply turning it off only to turn it back on. This sounds good in theory, but turning the A/C back on doesn’t actually use so much electricity, and letting it run for hours will cost you considerably more in the long run. If you don’t need it, turn it off. Better yet, get a programmable thermostat that will allow you to always control the temperature in your home without touching the dial all the time.
- Setting the thermostat lower or higher will help cool or heat the house faster, saving you money. This is one of the most common myths that people believe, but unfortunately it just isn’t true. Most cooling and heating systems only produce cool or warm air at one speed, so it won’t actually get cooler or warmer faster. Again, a programmable thermostat is your best bet toward keeping your home comfortable all year long.
Contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc. for more energy myths that can keep you from saving a lot of money on your electric bill each month. We can also help you with all of your heating, plumbing and air conditioning needs.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy myths and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.