3 Common Energy Efficiency Myths
Energy-smart homeowners in Jacksonville, Florida, won’t be fooled by myths like drastically reducing the temperature on the thermostat for faster cooling. Many persons have good intentions, but many practices are actually myths that reduce instead of enhance energy efficiency.
Leaving Your Lights On Wastes Less Energy
You may have heard that it’s more energy efficient to leave lights or other electronics on rather turning them off. The truth is, light bulbs and electronic devices do need a small burst of power to turn. Compared to the electricity used by not turning your devices off, however, it’s a negligible amount.
Turn off your lights and electronics when you’re not using them. To save even more energy, unplug electronics when not in use. They continue to draw power if plugged in, even when they’re switched off.
Insulating Your Home Means Major Expenses
It’s a myth that adding more insulation to your home means major construction or incurring major expenses. Depending on your air conditioning needs and the type of space, loose-fill or spray foam insulation can be used to easily add insulation to hard-to-reach or awkwardly-shaped spaces. Your technician will evaluate the space and inform you regarding the type and amount of insulation needed.
Properly insulating your home helps your HVAC system maintain a steady temperature inside. Use insulation and seal drafts around doors or windows to keep conditioned air where it belongs.
Adjusting Your Thermostat Significantly Changes the Temperature Faster
When it’s hot outside, cranking your air conditioner to its lowest temperature won’t cool your home any faster. Your thermostat simply regulates the on and off cycles, not how quickly a particular temperature is reached. Setting your thermostat to an extreme forces your HVAC unit to struggle longer, not faster.
Consider installing a programmable thermostat for energy-efficient temperature management in your home. Program it to have the air conditioner turn on before you get home so that your house feels like it’s always at the perfect temperature, without wasting energy.
Call Merritt Heating & Air at 904-240-4038 to learn more about how our services can help you improve the energy efficiency of your Jacksonville home.