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Debunking Summer Air Conditioning Myths

As we find ourselves in the dog days of summer, nobody would blame a homeowner for looking for energy efficient ways to keep their home cool and comfortable. As you search the internet for tips and tricks, here are some common myths that might seem reasonable at first, but will actually lead you in the wrong direction.

Leaving Your Ceiling Fan All Day Makes A Room Cooler

Ceiling fans are great at circulating cool air, that’s true. However, when it comes to making you feel cool, you can only really feel a difference if you’re directly underneath the fan.

All things considered, it’s best to not continuously run a ceiling fan in a room that you’re not currently occupying. It uses up valuable energy that could be going to your air conditioner, allowing it to do its job and cool down your entire home.

A Bigger System Will Cool Your Home Faster

The truth is that you need to right sized air conditioner for your home. It might be tempting to adapt a “bigger is better” attitude when shopping around for your home’s ac unit. A system too large for your home can result in several issues, such as humidity and uneven cooling.

When you are ready for a new ac system, always consult trusted HVAC professionals like BNG Heating and Cooling before you make a final decision.

Leaving Elections/Appliances On All Day Doesn’t Make Your Home Warmer

While most people might suspect larger appliances such as an over or dryer of giving off noticeable amounts of heat, even the smaller ones can make a difference. It’s always a good idea to turn off electronic appliances when you don’t need them, no matter how small.

Windows Are the Biggest Culprits of Energy Loss

Sure, faulty window and door seals certainly contribute a large amount when it comes to energy loss. But the real energy killers are the ones you can’t necessarily see with an untrained eye. If you suspect your home is leaking precious air conditioning, be sure to have it checked out by a local air conditioning professional. They have the knowledge to know exactly where to look, which often includes places you would never know to check!

Let BNG Heating and Cooling Help Keep Your Home Comfortable

BNG Heating and Cooling is here for all of your heating and cooling needs. As summer’s grip tightens on our community, be sure to contact us with any questions you have about keeping your family cool and comfortable.

Should You Turn Off Your AC While On Vacation?

If you’re anything like us, you can’t leave the house for vacation without going through an exhaustive mental checklist. Did I turn the stove off? Is the curling iron unplugged? Do I have all my kids with me? And as the temperature continues to rise, you may be faced with another, equally important question: do I leave the A/C on?

Unlike most questions in life, a quick Google search won’t give you a definitive answer. There’s a lot of conflicting information out there, so we’ve decided to set the record straight, once and for all: LEAVE YOUR A/C ON.

Why? It’s important to understand that air conditioners not only cool your home, but also remove humidity from your home. In a climate like Southern Indiana, especially, once you leave your A/C off for an extended period of time, bad things begin to happen. Mold, must, spores — all the usual suspects — will descend on your home like a plague.

We recommend that you actually turn your A/C up before you leave — anywhere from 83-85 degrees will get the job done. That’s enough to keep your humidity levels under control while you’re gone. If your house is equipped with programmable thermostats, poke around for a “hold” or “vacation” function.

Additionally, if your family travels often we would recommend installing a WiFi thermostat with a mobile app. You can check your home’s temperature while you’re gone, ensuring that all is well, and change the temperature while you are traveling back to give your home time to cool back down before your return. At BNG, we have WiFi thermostats starting for as little as $349 installed.

Still have questions? Comb through our website a little more, or just give us a call at 812.858.400 to speak with an HVAC professional. Have a great vacation!