Myths About Saving Energy

Some practices aimed at saving energy can backfire, costing you more in energy consumption or harming your appliances. These six misconceptions, in particular, represent the most common myths about saving energy.

  • Closing off rooms — Shutting the registers and closing the doors to rooms you don’t use often creates more harm than good for your HVAC system. The increase in air pressure inside the ducts may cause leaks, which drive up energy costs quickly. Instead, consider a zoning system to manage temperatures.
  • Turning the thermostat way up to heat your home faster — Unless you have a modulating furnace, your heating system won’t produce more warmth by turning up the thermostat higher than you want it. A programmable thermostat will automatically increase temperatures before you rise in the morning or arrive home.
  • Leaving electronics on — Technology has advanced to reduce the surge or power electronics use when they first start, which prolongs their lifetimes. It’s better to shut them off completely for saving energy and increasing product lifetime.
  • Chargers don’t use power when they’re not charging — Unless you purchase Energy Star devices, it’s likely that those chargers for handheld electronics pull electricity if they’re left plugged in. Make it a habit to unplug the charger when charging is complete, or look for chargers that automatically power off when finished.
  • Ceiling fans cool the air — Ceiling fans move air and do not cool it. These fans do cool room occupants by drying moisture on the skin faster. To save energy, turn the fan off when leaving the room. However, a reversible fan can help warm a room in the winter by pulling down warmer air in the winter.
  • Fireplaces are energy savers — Unless you keep the damper closed when the fireplace isn’t in use, your conditioned air will rise up the chimney, increasing the load on your HVAC system.
  • Most often, saving energy at home starts with your HVAC system, and then addressing the smaller issues that also add to overall consumption. For more information about keeping your home energy efficient, contact Beyer Boys, serving the HVAC needs of San Antonio homeowners.

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

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