Even when air conditioning units have been a part of our lives for decades, there are still many common myths and misconceptions about them that keep people from installing AC units in their house. Despite the fact that such myths have been around for a long time, too, they still linger somewhere in the collective imagination. Therefore, it is important that we stop and think about what we think we know about air conditioning units and consider whether we are right or not.
For example, one of the most common myths regarding AC units that have been around ever since this technology was invented is that the bigger the size of the unit, the better. This isn’t entirely true, as we need to consider the size of our house or apartment before buying an AC unit. If we get a unit that is bigger than what our house actually needs, we might run into some energy efficiency problems, and the life cycle of our equipment may be shorter than it should.
Another common misconception about air conditioning equipment is that, in order to cool your house faster, you need to set the thermostat as low as it goes. However, this just goes to show that we are still not completely sure how thermostats work. Your AC unit will work equally hard when cooling your home by 1 or 15 degrees regardless. Therefore, the best way to maximize efficiency is by setting your thermostat to the temperature you are looking for.
It is also believed that AC units only have one function, which is cooling the air in your house and nothing more. Even when this equipment does help to keep a more comfortable temperature, often a cooler one, it is not the only function it has. As the name may suggest, air conditioning units help you to condition the air and thus the temperature of your home by removing the air humidity that would remain inside your house otherwise.
Last but not least, there tends to be a common disregard towards where in our house we place the thermostat. Even we might not really think about it much, the placement of the thermostat in our house can have a great impact on its performance and proper working. According to the US Department of Energy, we should place our thermostat on an interior wall, keeping it away from direct sunlight, drafts, doorways, skylights, and windows. This is in order to make sure our thermostat is not damaged, as this situation could have a negative impact on our home energy efficiency by malfunctioning or even completely breaking.