Debunking Common Myths About Air Conditioning Systems

Myth: Bigger is Always Better for AC Units

Many homeowners believe that installing a larger air conditioning unit will provide better cooling and energy efficiency. However, this is a prevalent myth that needs to be debunked. An oversized AC unit will:

  • Cool the space too quickly, leading to frequent cycling on and off
  • Fail to remove humidity effectively, resulting in a clammy, uncomfortable environment
  • Increase energy consumption and utility bills

The key to efficient cooling is choosing an AC unit properly sized for your home’s square footage and insulation levels. A professional HVAC technician can perform a load calculation to determine the right system for your needs.

Myth: Closing Vents in Unused Rooms Saves Energy

Contrary to popular belief, closing vents in unused rooms does not save energy or reduce utility costs. In fact, it can cause several issues:

  1. Increased pressure in the ductwork, leading to leaks and energy loss
  2. Strain on the AC unit as it tries to compensate for the blocked airflow
  3. Uneven cooling throughout the home, causing discomfort

Instead of closing vents, consider scheduling regular maintenance and investing in a programmable thermostat to better control your energy usage.

By debunking these myths, High Performance Heating & Air Conditioning aims to educate homeowners and promote energy-efficient practices for a comfortable indoor environment.