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June 18, 2014

The warmest season of the year is upon us and you know what that means — time for some summer energy savings tips. The first step in saving money and energy is getting the facts straight. Here are several myths that may be increasing your monthly bills.

Myth #1: If you crank it down, cooling will come faster.

Whether you turn your thermostat down to 70 or 40, you’re not going to cool off your home any faster. Instead, you’ll increase the likelihood of energy waste when you forget to turn it off when a comfortable temperature has been reached.

Myth #2: You shouldn’t leave your A/C on when you’re gone.

Leaving your A/C on all day will waste energy, yet waiting to turn it on when you get home means enduring the heat while the A/C runs continuously until the desired temperature is reached. The solution is to invest in a programmable thermostat, which can lower the temperature until it’s just right when you return.

Myth #3: A/C is the only way for you to stay cool.

Too many homeowners immediately run to the A/C unit when their house heats up. To save money, search for alternatives such as ceiling or floor fans. Or learn to keep your blinds closed, especially in rooms with lots of windows.

Myth #4: Ceilings fans can keep a room cool.

Remember this simple advice: Fans cool people, not rooms. If you’re not in the room but the fan is still on, all you’re doing is adding to your energy usage and wasting money. Fans only cost a fraction of the energy expended by an A/C unit, but you must turn them off when not in use.

Myth #5: Closed vents equals efficiency.

When you close a vent, all you’re doing is making sure that the air that would normally be delivered to a particular room has nowhere to go. The system will continue to use the same amount of energy, regardless.

For more expert advice on summer energy savings or other home comfort concerns, contact the professionals at Winkelman Heating & Air Conditioning. We currently serve the needs of Dumas, Dalhart, Straford, and the surrounding areas.

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