If you’re like most Southwest Oklahoma homeowners, you might be falling victim to several home energy myths. They’re easy to believe, but are usually only partially true. Debunk these myths now so you can make the right energy saving decisions all year-long.
Myth: Buying efficient HVAC equipment will always lower energy bills.
Of course, a furnace or air conditioner with a higher efficiency rating has the potential to perform more efficiently, but there’s more at play here. You’ll save the most if, along with the equipment upgrade, you also:
- Install and use a programmable thermostat correctly.
- Have your ductwork sealed and insulated.
- Add insulation to your attic to reduce heat loss.
- Seal windows and doors to reduce air infiltration.
Myth: Cranking the thermostat way up or down changes the temperature faster.
It’s easy to think of your thermostat as a gas pedal. However, rather than having the ability to run at multiple speeds, the average blower motor is more like a light switch — it’s either on or off. Setting the temperature beyond your comfort zone won’t warm up or cool off your home any faster. It only stands to waste energy by overheating or overcooling your home.
Myth: Leaving lights and appliances on uses less energy than turning them off and on.
It’s true that lights and appliances create a small surge when they power up. However, the energy consumed during this surge is much smaller compared to the electricity used if you leave the light or appliance on when it’s not in use. To save energy, you should:
- Turn off the lights when you leave the room.
- Set your computer to fall asleep after 10 minutes of inactivity.
- Turn off your game console when you’re done playing.
Myth: Homes with energy efficient upgrades cost more than “conventional” homes.
Newly built homes don’t necessarily cost more just because they come with high-efficiency appliances and energy-saving features. Plus, since electricity consumption is far lower in more efficient homes, cost of ownership is much lower for years to come.
Do you have any more questions about home energy efficiency? Please contact Davis Air Conditioning in Southwest Oklahoma today.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Lawton and Duncan, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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