A view of an air conditioner condenser unit in the backyard of a home.

Surprise, Your Cooling System Can’t Explode and Other Nonsense Myths

Everyone has a parent or a grandparent who told them they would catch a cold if they sat too close to the air vents. This is just one of the many myths about cooling systems that tend to pass from generation to generation. Here are a few more myth-busting facts that you should know about.

Turning Your Thermostat Down Cools Your Home Quickly

Most people don’t understand how their home cooling system works, which is obvious when they turn down their thermostat to cool their home. However, it turns out that, whether your thermostat is set at 60 degrees or 70 degrees Fahrenheit, your home is not going to cool down any faster. While it may make you feel better, it won’t do anything to change the temperature in your home. A home is cooled gradually as cool air replaces hot air, and that takes time. Your air conditioner can only cool your home one degree at a time. In fact, turning your thermostat down very low puts an unnecessary strain on your HVAC system.

Buying a Larger AC Is Better

Some people believe bigger is better, but this is not true when buying an AC system. Your cooling system is a lot more of a Goldilocks situation. It will work best when it is fitted exactly for the needs of your home. If you purchase an AC that is designed to cool a space larger than your home, it will cycle on and off much more frequently than it needs to, which results in higher energy bills and more wear and tear on your unit. On the other hand, if you purchase a system that is too small for your home, it will run constantly as it struggles to cool your home. This also results in more wear and tear. To find the right-size HVAC system for your home, have professional technicians inspect your home and measure your space.

Wait Until Your AC Dies to Replace It

A lot of people think it’s better to wait until their AC dies to replace it, but in reality, this is actually not always the best call. Most likely, if your AC is older, it is losing its energy efficiency, which means you are paying more to cool your home. If you know you will need to replace your unit soon, it makes more sense to purchase a unit now and save on cooling bills.

Are you thinking about new AC installation in Montgomery, AL? Contact Alabama Home Pros to talk about your options.