In Minneapolis, air conditioning is a summer lifeline. We don’t care how it works; we just never want it to stop working. But some of us may have misconceptions when it comes to the production of that blessed frigid air, and it’s time to debunk the myths.
Let your friendly Twin Cities air conditioning professionals show you the cool facts of air conditioner truth, and save you some money along the way.
- Myth #1 – Air conditioning only makes air cold: Sure, your air conditioning unit is great at pumping out an endless stream of the icy good stuff, but that is not all it does. In addition to providing cold air, AC also conditions the air and removes humidity. Humid air, because of the water content, feels hotter than dry air. You know how everyone in Arizona says that even 110-degree temperatures are bearable because it’s “dry heat?” This is what they’re talking about. Some air conditioners even have a dedicated drying function to solely reduce humidity. This setting uses less energy and can ultimately save you money.
- Myth #2 – Dramatically lowering the thermostat will cool your house more quickly. Just like the steady tortoise in the “Tortoise and the Hare” fable, central air conditioners like to work at a constant, stable pace until they reach the desired temperature. Cranking down the thermostat temperature drastically is like an overcorrection while driving and can make your house too cold, and your energy bills too high. Window AC units are an exception to this rule. These units typically include low, medium, and high settings. You can cool your area most quickly on high; just remember to reduce the setting once you’re sufficiently refreshed.
- Myth #3 – Leaving the air conditioner on all day is the best practice. While leaving the air conditioning on when you’re gone is better than the dramatic fluctuations that come from turning it off entirely when you leave, the best way to save energy and money is to invest in a programmable thermostat. These thermostats can help maintain an efficient level of cool when you are not home and then lower the temperatures to an even more comfortable level when you’ve returned. This responsiveness can lead to big savings during these steamy summer months and can be similarly beneficial in the chilly winter months.
Is your air conditioner on the fritz? There is too much summer remaining to sweat it out in silence. Give your trusty Minneapolis/Saint Paul plumber a call to fix any and all of your cooling problems. Schedule your appointment today: (651) 228-9200.