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The Five Biggest Myths About Saving Energy in the Summer

We are still in the middle of summer, and we know that every time you find the thermostat breaks triple-digit numbers outside, you are flooded with thoughts on how to battle the heat and prevent breaking your bank. Unfortunately, not all of these ideas give a positive result; in fact, many of them lead you to unreasonably high energy expenses.

Here is a rundown of the five biggest myths about saving energy in the summer season. If you are doing one in your home, now is the time to stop!

  1. Cranking the thermostat to its lowest setting can cool the home fast.

Setting the thermostat at 60 degrees to take a shortcut to 70 degrees for the idea that it will cool your house faster is one of the most common mistakes many homeowners do. The temperature inside your home normally adjusts at a set rate, cranking the thermostat lower will not help for fast cooling. By undercutting the setting, you are only leading yourself to an extra 10 degrees worth of wasted energy and money.

  1. Turn off the A/C while you are out.

This can be a bit tricky since it’s useless to run your A/C with no one inside the house, but it also takes a lot of energy for a central A/C to bring a house to the desired temperature. With this, installing a programmable thermostat is a good choice. It can gradually set the temperature inside your home to the right level so that a comfortable atmosphere will welcome you from work. When you are not around, you can adjust the temperature 7-10 degrees higher but still, save up to 10 percent of your power bill.

  1. Run the ceiling fans to cool empty rooms.

Actually, ceiling fans are not capable of cooling the room, so running it the whole day will not really make any sense. Ceiling fans create a wind-chill effect so you feel cool, but they do not work like air conditioners which give cool air in the room.

  1. Closing vents to boost A/C efficiency.

This seems logical, but it can cost you big time. Many modern central air conditioners distribute air evenly throughout the entire house. So if you are going to close some vents, the A/C will keep on cooling and pumping without delivering the air to a usable space. This will not just give you a high energy bill but may cause some parts to break down.

  1. Hooking up a fan in your attic.

An attic fan, be it a solar or electric-powered, will only create a negative pressure, causing the air-conditioned air to be drawn in the attic. In reality, it will only increase the demands for cool air in your home and drive your cooling bill through the roof.

For more homeowner advice in keeping your comfort and savings intact this summer season, give us a call at Texas Made Air Conditioning and Heating today!


Refrigerants – What’s in your AC Unit, and Why Does It Matter?

An air conditioning unit is made up of complex parts and equipment which do magic in keeping you comfortable during the hottest days of the year. But even if it does wonders inside your home, the cold air that it generates is not entirely its own doing. It needs a little help from an important component called the refrigerant.

The refrigerants are vital components of the system as they help in cooling the air inside. While your air conditioner allows the flow of air through the ducts, the refrigerants are the ones responsible for providing the proper charge to change the temperature of the air. The absence or insufficiency of refrigerant can hinder the proper operation of your system.

Get to Know What’s In Your System

The common compositions of refrigerants are hydrogen, fluorine, carbon and sometimes chlorine. They are usually referred to by their chemical composition and are listed as R-something.

There are three types of refrigerant that can consist of your air conditioning system:

  • R-22. Commonly known as Freon, R-22 is said to be one of the original refrigerants used in residential air conditioning system. However, in 2010 it was discontinued because of the proven dangers of chlorine gas to human health and the atmosphere. In 2015, all R-22 refrigerants were completely stopped from being used for A/C systems.
  • R-410A. The trade name for R-410A is Puron. As compared to Freon, it does contain chlorine and is proven good for the environment. Carrier designed the chemical composition of Puron which was originally used for commercial HVAC systems and after several years become part of the residential HVAC units. R-410A has higher pressure during the operation as compared to other gases. That’s why in purchasing a system with this refrigerant, you need to consider the load requirement first and foremost.
  • R– Genetron or R-407C is the type of refrigerant that is most similar to Freon. When homeowners want to upgrade from the Freon-based system, many professionals recommend this type for a lesser cost since you no longer need a wholesale change of hardware.

Should You Do This Yourself?

The simplest answer to that is NO. Refrigerants are available in commercial establishments but using it requires great caution. Additionally, the A/C system and the refrigerants should match so if you don’t have enough knowledge about this matter, better leave the job to the professionals. Or else, you might end up bidding goodbye to your hardly-earned investment.

If you are in Granbury, TX or nearby areas and you need services for your air conditioning system, feel free to call us at Texas Made Air Conditioning and Heating.