With all of the random information out there about air conditioners and cooling your home, it is important to separate fact from myth. After all, you might be doing something you think is saving you money when in reality it is draining your wallet. Total Care Heating and Air, your AC repair service in Riverside, offers what is truth and what is a myth.

Bigger is Better or Size Matters

In the case of an air conditioning unit, size does not matter. So if your neighbor points out his is bigger than yours, simply explain to him that having an air conditioner that is too big for the space it cools will grow undependable way before its time.

An AC unit rated for a larger space than what you have will constantly turn on and off and wear itself out prematurely. The AC that is the right size for the space it’s cooling will last a lot longer with no danger of suffering premature problems.

Crank the Temperature Way Down

Back in the day, before people understood more about their air conditioners, homeowners thought that cranking the AC down real low would force it to work harder and, therefore, cool the house quicker. Unfortunately, this is balderdash, baloney and humbuggery.

It doesn’t matter how low you set your thermostat, your AC unit will not cool your home any faster. Your best bet is to just set it at the preferred temperature and pour yourself a cold beverage and wait for the house to cool.

Closing Vents

While it might make sense on the surface to close vents in rooms that you aren’t using, you aren’t going to save any money. Cooling systems are designed to move a certain amount of air no matter how many vents are open and closed. Hence, even if all but one vent is closed, your AC is cranking out the same amount of air.

Keeping Your Thermostat at Same Temperature All Day Saves Money

No, it doesn’t.

In fact, setting your thermostat four to six degrees warmer when you leave for work or are going to be gone for most of the day will cut as much as 20 percent off your energy bill. Of course, forgetting to set your thermostat at a warmer temperature before you leave isn’t doing you any favors, so it might be worth it to invest in a programmable thermostat.

Using an Air Conditioner Can Give You a Cold

This is complete prattle; don’t fall for this tomfoolery.

The common cold is caused by a virus, not the temperature.

Air Filters Don’t Matter

Think of the air filter as a sieve that lets air in as it traps dirt and dust. Your AC unit draws air effortlessly at first, but it gets more difficult as the filter gets clogged up. Change your air filter at regular intervals.

You Don’t Have to Clean the Coils and Fins

Your air conditioner’s coils and fins allow heat to pass from the refrigerant in the system out into the air as the condenser coils absorb heat from the inside of your home. This is a very important process that can be impeded by dust and dirt. If you aren’t checking and cleaning the fins and coils on your air conditioner, that grime is costing you money because it is decreasing efficiency.

In fact, you should be cleaning all of the components of your air conditioner at least once a year. If you are not able or willing to do this, give us a call.

It’s a Waste of Time Having the AC Serviced

Poppycock. Regular AC service keeps your unit running smoothly and provides an opportunity to catch small problems before they turn into big and expensive problems. Call Total Care Heating and Air today.