Dispelling 3 Common Myths On Cooling

Dispelling 3 Common Myths On Cooling

Fall may be upon us, but any native Floridian knows that the Sunshine State will remain a sweltering environment for several months to come. That being said, your efforts to keep your home cool will stay firmly in place until the temperature finally starts to reflect the season. And while you may have some preconceived notions on how best to stave off bills that rocket with the daily projected highs, we’re here to bust some myths that may actually cost you more.

MYTH:“If I switch my system back and forth between “OFF” and “ON,” I’m just wasting my money.”

REALITY: On the contrary—by leaving your system running to keep your home cool while you’re out and about, you’re actually running the risk of increasing your energy bills. Contrary to popular opinion, your HVAC system will not work harder or spend extra energy to cool your home back down if it was left in the “OFF” position while you were gone. Particularly when you’re away for extended periods of time, turning your HVAC system off when you’re not home will actually save you money and take little to no extra effort to circulate cool air again.

MYTH:“My home will cool down faster if I set the thermostat lower.”

REALITY: Simply put, your unit will take the same amount of time to cool your home down, regardless what temperature you set your thermostat to. If anything, your unit will run for longer periods of time—rather than faster—meaning you could actually lose money by trying to push it to act quicker. Moreover, you might waste even more energy and more money if you forget to change your settings back to your usual preferred temperature.

MYTH: “I can save money by closing the vents in the rooms I don’t use often.”

REALITY: By doing this you’re actually suffocating your HVAC system (thereby damaging it) and burning through energy (thereby raising your bill). This myth, in particular, is one of the most commonly believed and, by attempting it, you’ll be increasing the amount of pressure placed on your ducts by impeding your unit’s ability to “breathe out.” Your indoor blower may end up with damage, which in itself costs money, but you’re also forcing your HVAC system to work in an inefficient manner, increasing the amount you’ll have to pay for your energy bill.

If you want to know more about how to get your HVAC system functioning at its optimal level, be sure to call Bold City Heating and Air today. Schedule an appointment with us to learn how to save money on your bill and experience the bold difference!

What Temperature Should You Leave Your Central Air Conditioning On When Nobody Is Home?

What Temperature Should You Leave Your Central Air Conditioning On When Nobody Is Home?

What serves as the “best temperature” for your home is naturally going to vary from person to person. But, while we can’t tell you what the perfect temperature for you is, what we can do is tell you how to best save money on your energy bill when nobody is home.

As tempting as it may be to leave your HVAC system running cool for the entirety of your absence, this practice is actually inefficient and will cost you more money than you may realize. We understand, though, if you don’t want to turn your system off completely. To find the middle ground, you’ll want to factor in the outdoor temperature, whether or not you have any furry family members being left in the house, and when you plan on returning.

To start, match your thermostat setting to the outside climate, you’ll essentially be maxing out the efficiency of your system. For example, if the temperature outside is 82 degrees and you set your thermostat to 82 degrees, your AC will not be actively blowing cool air, but it also will never get any warmer than about 82 degrees exactly. Regardless of how long you leave your system on, it will not be consuming additional energy or increasing your bill.

That being said, just because there are no people left inside doesn’t mean there is nobody left inside. If you have a cat, dog, or other pet who will be at home while you’re out, and the projected high for the day is dangerous, you don’t want to burn out your four-legged family member by meeting the outside temperature. Set your system to a warmer-than-normal-but-still-comfortable temperature to prevent your animal from suffering heat stroke. In this case, safety overrides financial efficiency.

Finally, if you’re going to be gone for a long period of time and your house will be completely and entirely empty, you’re better off switching your system to the “OFF” position altogether and pinching every penny you can. If you know you’ll be back relatively shortly, however, simply raising the internal temperature for awhile will afford you some comfort while still saving a little more money.

If you have any further questions on how to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to your HVAC system, contact Bold City Heating and Air today. Call us to schedule an appointment, check your unit for optimal use, and experience the bold difference!

Quick! What do I do when my AC unit has frozen over?

Quick! What do I do when my AC unit has frozen over?

Sometimes, winter hits your HVAC unit before it actually hits the state of Florida. But don’t panic! While we might not all be acclimated to handling the cold here in the Sunshine State, dealing with the frigid problems your HVAC unit faces doesn’t have to be so intimidating. In fact, the steps to prevent any further damage are simple.

To start, switch your unit’s thermostat to the “OFF” position. If you keep you keep it in the “COOL” position or simply keep it on, you run the risk of making the problem worse or, specifically, damaging your compressor. As the ice may be a result of too-cold refrigerant in your system, this will be your first step because it will prompt your unit to stop sending refrigerant to the compressor itself.

From there, be sure to switch your fan setting to the “ON” position to help the system defrost. You’ll want to leave it in this position for a few hours, depending on just how much ice has developed and covered the unit. If you have trouble dealing with how hot your home gets while waiting for it to thaw, we suggest running to the movie theater or meeting up with your friends for a couple of hours so that you yourself don’t have to melt with the ice while you wait.

During the process, however, you will want to keep an eye on the drain pan and condensate drain. Be sure the water doesn’t clog or overflow, and think about laying down some towels in the event that there is a leak from the melted water.

In many cases, this buildup may be the result of an air filter in dire need of changing. Once you have the unit properly thawed and dried, your next step should be to check the filter, replace it, and continue watching your system for a couple days to make sure there’s no reappearance of ice.

If your unit begins to freeze over again or your filter showed clean the first time, you’ll want to call a professional to take a look at your HVAC unit, and Bold City Heating and Air is here to help you avoid the feeling of an icy panic. Call us today to schedule an appointment and get to the bottom of your unit’s premature winter. Experience the bold difference.