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Setting the Record Straight on Myths About Saving Energy

Setting the Record Straight on Myths About Saving EnergyCommon energy-saving myths can lead you to waste energy unnecessarily. Even in the mild San Diego climate, that can mean higher cooling and heating bills. Understanding these myths will help you avoid this.

Myth: Closed air registers save energy.
Closing air registers in unused rooms does nothing to reduce the demand on your A/C or furnace and therefore doesn’t save energy. This misguided technique only creates a pressure imbalance in your heating and cooling system that can damage the components.

Myth: Ceiling fans reduce the air temperature.
Fans cool your body by blowing air over your skin, but they have no effect on the ambient air temperature. When you’ll be out of the room for more than a few minutes, turn off the fan to save energy.

Myth: Raising your thermostat temperature heats your house faster.
Your thermostat temperature doesn’t change how fast your system heats or cools. It will only cause your system to run longer, ultimately wasting energy. If you want your home to be a specific temperature at a certain time, install a smart programmable thermostat.

Myth: Drafty windows should be replaced.
If your windows are drafty, use caulk and weatherstripping to block the air leaks around them. This alone can reduce your home’s cooling and heating bills by 10 to 15 percent.

Myth: It’s cheaper to maintain a stable indoor temperature than to heat up a cold house.
This is one of the most costly energy-saving myths around. In reality, you’ll use less energy by turning your furnace or A/C off or to a more economical temperature while you’re out than by leaving it on all day.

Myth: It’s cheaper to let electronics run than to turn them on and off.
Turning off electronics when you’re not using them is nearly always more economical. Place groups of electronics, such as your entertainment center, on a power strip so you can turn the whole group off with one switch.

For more help avoiding energy-saving myths, contact us at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning in the San Diego, La Costa, and Oceanside area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Spring Clean These Energy Myths Out of Your Routine

05.20.14It’s good to follow energy-saving practices, but only if they are truly effective. Unfortunately, many myths are floating around, perpetuated by those who aren’t informed. Don’t be one of them. Here’s a list of some most popular energy-saving myths:

  • Setting the thermostat higher for faster heating: The rate at which heat is distributed is dependent on the power of your heater, not the thermostat setting. You can crank up the thermostat, but it won’t make the heater work faster. Instead, install efficient insulation that prevents heat from escaping.
  • Using screensavers saves energy: To your computer, a screensaver is just another program like a word processor or a browser. To save energy when the computer is not in use for a few minutes, set it to sleep mode.
  • Leaving the computer overnight on sleep mode is fine: A few minutes on sleep mode is okay, but several hours isn’t. A computer on sleep mode still uses energy. Even when you’re sleeping, both the CPU and the monitor are working, ready to spring to life anytime. Shut the computer down and unplug it if you’re retiring for the night.
  • Switching off appliances and gadgets while they’re plugged in doesn’t use up energy: ‘Vampire power’ refers to the electricity sucked in by devices when they’re left plugged in the socket even when they’re not in use. Unplug all electronics after turning them off.
  • Leaving a lamp on saves energy instead of turning it off and on again: Turning a lamp off for a few minutes saves more energy than leaving it on. The act of turning on the switch uses power, but it’s nowhere near the electricity needed to run the lamp for a minute or two.
  • Using solar panels on a cloudy day won’t collect enough energy: Solar panels work better on a sunny day, but they still collect energy on a cloudy day. As long as it’s daytime, solar panels continue working.

Don’t let energy-saving myths fool you. Consult us at Sherlock Air for truly effective ways to save energy. Call us at (760) 295-5014 or book an appointment online.

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