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6 Myths about air conditioning systems

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6 Myths about air conditioning systems

There are so many tips to help keeping your house cool. However, much of the advices which you hear can be only myths. In the following we will deal with the most common myths and we will teach you the reality of how it is best to run your air conditioning system.

Here are some of the most common myths about the air conditioning systems associated with the solutions you need to keep you cool within the budget limits this summer.

Myth 1: Using an air conditioner you will get sick.

Reality: Completely untrue. While you are becoming colder it can make you more vulnerable to illness, the common illness is caused by a virus, not by temperature. Turn on your AC system, but keep your house clean and wash your hands often to keep these illnesses away.

Myth 2: It is a waste of time and money to bring the air conditioning system to service.

This is false.  The AC systems need to breathe. The regular cleaning can make your system run efficient and without problems. It also offers an opportunity to identify the problems that would have developed during the winter. Ignoring the regular maintenance can mean an emergency call to the repair company on a weekend afternoon and the extra charge that comes with this call.

Myth 3: You can save money by shutting down the system or by setting the thermostat to a higher temperature when you go out from the house, then turning the thermostat back when you come back home.

Reality: True. When you come home to a warm house, the air conditioning system has to work harder to cool the place. Setting the thermostat to a lower temperature will not help – most of AC systems only run at a speed so a smaller setting simply forces the system to run longer.

Myth 4: It is cheaper to leave the thermostat at the same temperature all day, even when you go to work.

Reality: It is not true. With the help of a programmable thermostat, you can let the house warm up while you are away, then begin to cool before you come home. This allows the system to take a break when it does not need to use energy.

Myth 5: You will feel the most comfortable only if you purchase the largest air conditioning system you can afford. After all, it is just a big fridge, right?

Reality: It is not true at all. The air conditioners do not just produce cold air; it also dehumidifies. Otherwise, your house would be cold and wet. The size matters, but it is not just a matter of getting a bigger system. A properly dimensioned system is the one specially chosen to suit your house. This includes factors such as the insulation, number of windows, air leaks, roof characteristics and the direction in which the windows are directed. The air conditioners that fit the houses which they serve can run a little longer, but they also keep their occupants more comfortable and use less electricity than the oversized systems.

Myth 6: The air conditioner will not run as long as you keep the ceiling fans on.

Reality: False. The fans do not cool the air; they just move it. Use the ceiling fans when you are in the room, but turn them off to save electricity when you leave.

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