Home cooling systems are modern marvels that remain shrouded in myths. Millions of households have them yet few truly understand how they work and what they can do. It’s true that in-depth knowledge is not necessary since controls could not be any simpler but a bit of knowledge can help prevent false notions and promote efficient usage. Here are some of the most common air conditioning myths that need to be debunked:
Air Conditioners Generate Fresh Air
A lot of people still think that A/Cs work by blowing air from the outside environment to the inside of a room. This has led to the notion that the cold air they feel is crisp fresh air from their surroundings. It’s true that the air they put is cleaner because of the filters but that is not fresh from the outside. It is actually the air that circulates inside the room itself that’s cooled by the circulating refrigerant. The heat from the air is transferred onto the refrigerant via the coils and ejected to the outside.
Setting the Temperature Way Down Hastens Cooling
Sometimes you get home from work feeling hot and sweaty. All you want to do is to turn on the air conditioner and make it cool the room faster. The misconception is that cooling will happen right away if you turn the setting way down to a very low temperature. Let’s say that you are comfortable enough with 18 degrees Celsius. You might be tempted to set things at 12 degrees in the hopes that this will speed things up. The truth is that the cooling rate will not change no matter what the settings are. The attempt to overcompensate will only make the system use up more energy.
The System Should Be Left Alone Unless There’s a Problem
Air conditioners are mostly reliable systems that require little upkeep but they do appreciate some attention from time to time. Change the filters when they become covered in dirt and have professionals come to check at least once a year. If you wait until there’s a problem, then you are likely going to face sudden repairs worth thousands of dollars down the road.
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