Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) can be complicated, especially if you are technically challenged when it comes to heating, electric, and cooling and plumbing systems. To make sure your energy-efficient practices aren't doing more harm than good, read on.
Are You a Victim To These Myths?
- Myth: High efficiency HVAC systems are always the best choice.
While it's true that you can save money on energy bills by switching to high-efficiency appliances, they won't do you any good if they're not sized to fit your home and energy use. This is true for furnaces, air conditioners and even tankless water heaters. If you install a tankless water heater, make sure it's set to a reasonable gallons-per-minute flow!
- Myth: Cranking the thermostat will increase comfort faster.
Your home's indoor temperature will change at the same rate no matter what the thermostat is set to. Setting it outside your comfort zone won't make your home warm or cool faster, but it may mean you overrun your target temperature and spend money you don't need to.
- Myth: Turning lights and electronics on requires more energy than you'd spend leaving them on.
While there is an initial surge of energy needed to turn lights and other electronics on, it's small compared to the energy cost of running appliances for any length of time. Turning appliances off will save you more energy overall.
- Myth: Buying a house with energy efficient appliances will cost you more.
High-efficiency appliances usually have a higher upfront cost than comparable low efficiency appliances, but there are two additional factors to consider. There are often state, federal and local incentives that reduce the cost of green appliances, and an energy-efficient house can often use smaller, and therefore cheaper, installations.
Learn more about how the pros at Air Control Heating & Cooling can help lower energy bills in your Tallahassee home or contact us today at 850-391-4300 to schedule an appointment.