3 Common Cooling System Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

There are many myths regarding how best to use and maintain a cooling system like an evaporative cooler or air conditioner. Unfortunately, these myths aren’t just wrong; they can lead to premature wear and tear on your system and even increased energy costs. Here are three common myths that should be dispelled.

1. Turning the Thermostat Down Really Low Will Cool Your Home Faster

While it may seem counter-intuitive, turning your thermostat down really low will not help you cool your home down any faster than turning it down just slightly. This practice can even be harmful and increase your energy costs. Turning the thermostat down much lower than the temperature you want forces the system to continue running longer than necessary. Your thermostat only tells your cooling system to turn on or off based on the temperature in your home; it won’t make your system run “harder.”

2. Swamp Coolers Are the Same as Air Conditioners

While more energy efficient and affordable, swamp coolers operate very differently than air conditioners and are only suited for specific environments. In fact, swamp coolers won’t even work in humid areas. They also require a constant water source and routine maintenance. Evaporative or swamp coolers are also unable to bring the temperature down as far as an air conditioning unit is able to reach. While an air conditioner works like a refrigerator and draws moisture out of the air, swamp coolers work by introducing moisture into the air in your home to increase humidity and comfort.

3. Closing Air Vents Can Save You Money

When you’re interested in saving on energy costs, you may consider closing air vents in rooms you aren’t using. It seems like a great idea; why pay to cool rooms you aren’t in? Unfortunately, this is a bad idea that won’t have the intended effect. When you close air vents, the first thing you’ll cause is a build up in air pressure in the duct system. This actually puts more strain on your air conditioner which is designed to cool your entire home. This can lead to any or all of the following:

  • Air conditioner coil freezing
  • The growth of mold as a result of increased condensation
  • A broken compressor
  • A rise in air duct leakage
  • Lower airflow if you have a PSC blower
  • A cracked heat exchanger, leading to potentially dangerous levels of carbon monoxide

If you’re interested in saving money on cooling costs or maintaining your system the right way, Arctic Air of Southern Utah in St. George can help. Our technicians offer affordable AC repair and maintenance services to keep you cool all summer long. Contact us today to schedule service or learn more about our heating, cooling and maintenance services.

3 Things to Consider When Choosing an HVAC Contractor

There are likely many HVAC contractors in your local area willing to help with your heating and cooling needs. However, how do you know which one is best suited to meet your requirements?

1. Choose a Contractor With a Properly Trained Staff

The professionals at Advanced Comfort Solutions in Cheyenne are trained to work on furnaces and air conditioners of all makes and models. Furthermore, we understand how to diagnose problems properly and fix them in a timely manner. In addition to repairs, we can perform installations, and we service all heating and cooling components. We can also clean ducts and offer air quality assessments.

2. Work With Someone Who Cares About Your Needs

It is important that the company you hire to work on your home’s HVAC system is willing to listen to your concerns and will take time to address them. For instance, those who are on a tight budget may want to work with a company that offers payment plans or other types of financing. Those who want to cut down on their energy bills may benefit from a new air conditioner or furnace. A quality contractor will discuss all available options and find a way to fit them within your budget.

3. Get Customer Reviews Ahead of Time

Most reputable contractors will allow you to see testimonials from previous customers as part of the due diligence process. In fact, it may be possible to talk to those customers personally before deciding to hire a specific contractor. Generally speaking, contractors that have been in business for many years or decades can be trusted to offer good service. This is because companies that offer bad service don’t tend to last long.

If you need a contractor to diagnose or fix an HVAC problem in your home, give us a call today! Advanced Comfort Solutions in Cheyenne offers emergency service as well as financing options to ensure that you get what you need in a timely manner and at a price that you can afford. Call us or contact us online today.