Myth Buster

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It’s hot! No question!!! Here is some myth buster information that will help your facts straight and keep you cool!

MYTH: Closing off vents and registers will reduce your cooling bill.
False. If you have a modern forced air system, the pressure load is balanced throughout the house. Blocking the vent can throw the system out of balance, causing it to have to work harder or possibly break down.

Also the most energy efficient practice you can do is to have cool air evenly distributed throughout the house. Blocking vents in certain rooms will make those rooms colder.

MYTH:  Fiberglas insulation alone keeps cold air out of your home.
Fiberglas actually does a better job at keeping heat in than keeping cold out. If you have cracks, air leaks and drafts anywhere in your house, the cold air will seep in no matter how much insulation you have. Air sealing is the most important thing you can do to plug these holes and gaps and keep the chill from creeping in.

MYTH:  Leaving a ceiling fan on will cool a room…even when you’re not there.
Fans cool your skin, not the air. They do not lower room temperature. If a fan runs in a room when no one is there, no one is feeling its benefits. So it’s just wasting electricity.

MYTH:  Leaving lights, computers and appliances on uses less energy than turning them off and on repeatedly.
This may have been true of computers 20 or more years ago when they were massive energy hogs. But today’s computers are much more durable and use a lot less energy. The small surge in energy created when any electrical product is turned on is much smaller than the energy used by running the device when it’s not needed. Rule of thumb: any time you can turn a machine or light off, it will save energy.

Try these tips out, and see if it makes a difference in your home. Saving little bits of energy add up…one step at a time to make your home energy efficient and cooler this summer!

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