Your thermostat is the unsung hero of your New Orleans, LA home, regulating the indoor temperature to ensure your comfort and energy efficiency. However, many myths surrounding thermostats can lead to wasted energy, higher bills, and even damage to your HVAC system. The following are seven common thermostat myths and the truth behind them.
Myth #1: Setting the Thermostat Higher or Lower Will Heat or Cool a Room Faster
Truth: Your HVAC system works at a constant rate, regardless of the temperature you set on your thermostat. Adjusting the temperature too high or too low will only cause your system to work longer, not faster. The best way to achieve your desired temperature is to set your thermostat to an ideal temperature and give it time to work.
Myth #2: Leaving the Thermostat at a Constant Temperature Saves Energy
Truth: Leaving your thermostat at a constant temperature can save energy. It can also cause your HVAC system to work harder than necessary. The longer the system runs, the more wear and tear it suffers, leading to additional repairs.
The most energy-efficient way to use your thermostat is to set the heat to a lower temperature when you’re away or asleep. Raise it to a higher temperature when you’re home and awake.
Myth #3: Closing Vents in Unused Rooms Saves Energy
Truth: Closing vents in unused rooms can cause your HVAC system to work harder and use more energy. HVAC systems are assigned to work with a certain amount of airflow. Closing vents can disrupt this balance and cause pressure to build up in your ducts, damaging your system.
Myth #4: A Larger HVAC System Will Heat or Cool Your Home Faster and More Efficiently
Truth: An HVAC system that is too large for your home can be less efficient and more expensive. Oversized systems can cause temperature swings and humidity problems.
Thus, they wear out more quickly due to frequent cycling. A suitably sized system, on the other hand, will run more efficiently, save you money, and provide better comfort for you and everyone else in your home.
Myth #5: It’s More Efficient to Set the Thermostat to a Higher Temperature When You Leave Than to Turn It off Completely
Truth: It’s a common misconception that cooling a warm home takes more energy than maintaining a constant temperature. However, studies have shown that turning off your HVAC system when you’re away can save you up to 10% on energy bills. If you will be away for an extended period, it’s best to turn off your cooling system entirely unless you live in a humid climate.
Myth #6: A Programmable Thermostat Is Too Complicated to Use
Truth: Engineers have designed programmable thermostats to make your life easier, not more complicated. Once you’ve set your desired temperature schedule, your thermostat will do the rest. It automatically adjusts the temperature throughout the day.
Some smart thermostats learn your arrival and departure patterns. For example, if you normally arrive home at 6:00, the thermostat will start warming the house about an hour ahead of time. Some thermostats are also wi-fi enabled and can adjust the temperature based on weather forecasts.
Myth #7: Turning up the Temperature Will Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing
Truth: While it’s true that a warmer indoor temperature can help prevent your pipes from freezing, turning up the temperature too high can lead to other problems, such as condensation and biological growth. The best way to prevent frozen pipes is to insulate them properly and keep the temperature above 50 degrees.
Your thermostat is an essential component of your HVAC system. Understanding how to use it correctly can save you money, improve your comfort, and even extend its lifespan. Our pros at Bryans United Air Conditioning can outfit your home with long-lasting thermostats. From traditional to modern and everything in between, give us a call to learn more today.
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