1. Myth: Set your thermostat lower to cool your house faster.
Fact: Setting your thermostat lower doesn’t make the air conditioning unit work any faster. In fact, it may increase your Florida energy bill if you set it too low. The best setting is at the target temperature you want your room or home to cool and give it time.
2. Myth: Air conditioners make cold air.
Fact: Air conditioners actually take hot air from the outside and moves it inside your home by using the physics of expanding gasses and condensing liquids. This is why it takes more time to cool on those really hot and humid Florida days – the unit has to work harder to cool off the hot air. Keep in mind that air conditioners are also a great way to remove the Central Florida humidity in a home or office.
3. Myth: Fans keep a room cool.
Fact: Fans don’t cool off rooms; they simply spread the existing air that is already in the room. It may feel cooler by lowering your body temperature but not actually remove heat from a room. This is why it is best to turn fans off when the room or home is not in use in order to conserve energy. However, if windows are open and the air outside is cooler than the air inside the home, keeping a fan near a window will help to draw cool air inside.
4. Myth: Letting the air conditioner run all day while you’re away from home is better than raising the temperature.
Fact: Even when you’re not around, your air conditioning unit is working to keep your home cool. Setting the thermostat to a higher temperature while you are away from home can dramatically cut down on your energy bill. Programmable thermostats are a great way to save on electric bills all year round in Florida.