Three Myths of Central Air Conditioning Unmasked

Warmer weather is coming and we all know what that means—sweaty, sleepless nights and long, hot days that seem endless. When you have high temperatures and high humidity for two weeks at a time closing the shades or drapes to keep the house cool, running fans and taking cold showers just doesn’t help beat the heat. Isn’t this the year to consider installing central air conditioning in your home? Of course, before you make a definite decision, there are a few myths that need to be debunked.

Myth 1: It’s better to run the central air conditioning unit the entire day rather than shutting it off and then turning it back on later to re-cool your home.

Let’s face it, when the air conditioner is on, it’s costing your money—no matter what temperature you have it set at. If your house is well-insulated, the temperature should raise only a few degrees while you’re at work. When your air conditioner is turned off, be sure to keep all of your windows and doors closed so you don’t let in more heat and humidity; it’s also a good idea to close all of your shades and curtains so that extra heat from the sun isn’t pouring in through the windows.

Myth 2: If you leave all the interior doors open and open all of the vents, this will help circulate the air more efficiently throughout your home.

Actually, to help your central air conditioner be more effective, it’s just the opposite. The cold air will go wherever the heat is, thereby causing the central air conditioning unit to work harder than it needs to because it’s trying to cool off that unused room. Your home will stay cooler more successfully if you close off any unused rooms to the rest of your home by simply closing vents and doors or you could go one step further and close off the duct work that leads to the unused room.

Myth 3: If you want your home to cool down quicker, set your temperature five to seven degrees colder than your usual temperature until the home is cool.

Sadly, your central air conditioner won’t cool your house down any faster by doing this. An air conditioning unit works by removing the hot air and substituting it with cold air; but it can only replace a certain quantity of hot air in a precise amount of time. So it’s best to leave the temperature on the air conditioning system right where you usually have it set.

Now that you know a few facts, why not contact us for more information on installing your central air conditioning system? McKee Energy Solutions has dedicated A/C professionals that will not only install and maintain your central air conditioner, but they’re also always ready to assist you in finding that perfect unit for your home.