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May 6, 2016

Common Cooling Myths That Could Be Costing You Money

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Nowadays, everyone is looking for ways to make their homes more energy efficient and cut down on utility bills. There are lots of tips out there on how to cut back on cooling costs, but some of these tips could actually be costing you money! Gold Star is here to set the record straight on four widespread cooling myths.

Myth #1: Ceiling fans help cool rooms, even when no one’s there.

Fans don’t actually lower a room’s temperature; they cool your skin rather than the air. Fans work by circulating the air in a space. The air moves across your skin, causing you to feel cooler even though the air temperature of the room remains the same. If a fan is running in an empty room, no one is benefiting from the breeze, and it is just wasting electricity.

Myth #2: Buying an energy efficient air-conditioner will automatically reduce your energy bill.

This is not necessarily true. Even the highest efficiency rated HVAC systems are only cost effective if they are properly sized to your home and installed correctly. According to the Department of Energy, improperly sized equipment and faulty installation can waste up to one-third of your energy consumption. If you’re looking to upgrade your system, call New Castle County’s HVAC experts for a free estimate.

Myth #3: The lower you set your thermostat, the faster your air conditioner will cool your house.

Air conditioners pump cool air into your home at a consistent rate, no matter how much you turn down the thermostat. If you set your thermostat to the desired temperature, your home will cool to that point just as quickly as setting it lower. Lowering the temperature makes your system work harder and the room too cold.

Myth #4: There’s no benefit in adjusting your thermostat at night or when no one’s home.

Research shows that you can save up to 10% on your yearly energy bill by adjusting your thermostat 5-8 degrees (up in summer, down in winter) for 8 hours a day. This is because heating and cooling costs are mainly dependent on the difference between indoor and outdoor temperature. When you adjust your thermostat up or down, you are reducing the temperature difference, thereby reducing how often your system runs. If you don’t want to be constantly adjusting your thermostat, you can install a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts the temperature for you.

Call Gold Star for All Your New Castle County Air Conditioning Needs

Air conditioners need yearly tune-ups to run at peak efficiency. If your air conditioning needs a check-up, or you’re looking to install a more energy-efficient unit, contact Gold Star today. Our experienced, professional technicians know the real tricks to saving you money on your utility bills. That’s why we’re the best HVAC service in New Castle County.

Call Gold Star today at 1-302-947-8694, and discover why we are the most trusted air conditioning repair company in New Castle County.

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