According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), “a quarter of the energy consumed in Arizona homes is for air conditioning, which is more than four times the national average.” This shouldn’t come as any surprise to Arizonans as 100+ degree days are common during the months of June through August.
In fact, most residents turn their ACs on beginning in May.
Increasing your home’s energy efficiency is good both for your wallet and the environment. However, there are many energy efficiency myths out there, which may interfere with your energy efficiency measures. Here we debunk three of the more popular energy efficiency myths.
Myth #1: Fans Cool a Room
Ceiling fans, table fans, and floor fans do not cool off a room. They do, however, circulate the air in a room to create a draft that works to cool off the room’s occupants. This will allow you to turn the thermostat up as much as 4˚F without compromising comfort.
Myth #2: Closing HVAC Vents Saves Energy
Your HVAC system’s blower is designed to deliver cooled air against a certain amount of pressure. This is specific to your home’s square footage. Closing off air vents causes the blower to push against a higher pressure, which interferes with your energy-efficient measures, and ultimately costs you more. It’s also possible to damage your system.
Myth #3: Setting the Thermostat Lower Cools Your Home Faster
Cranking the thermostat down isn’t going to cool your home any faster. This action can also cost you to pay more. Instead, install a programmable or learning thermostat, which can store and repeat up to six different settings. When you’re asleep or away from home, set it to 78˚F to help save money.
Myth #3: Leaving the Lights on Uses Less Energy Than Turning Them On & Off
This is a very common energy-saving myth. The operating life of LEDs is not affected by turning them on and off. Getting into the habit of turning them off when you leave a room can save you money. In addition to turning them off manually, you may want to consider using sensors, timers or smart LEDs.
Optimize Home Comfort with an Energy Audit
A home energy audit, or home energy assessment, will show you how much energy your home consumes. It will also provide you with cost-effective solutions to air leaks, poor insulation, and indoor air quality problems. During audit, a professional will analyze recent energy bills, and use specialized equipment to detect sources of energy loss.
Making recommended upgrades can save you 5 to 30 percent on your energy bill (Energy.gov, 2013). Banker Insulation is a full-service insulation and energy conservation contractor. We can perform your energy audit and offer a variety of products and solutions to help improve your home’s energy efficiency.