When it comes to running a home’s air conditioner, it seems like everyone has a different set of operating standards to ensure efficient and comfortable cooling of their home. Unfortunately, a lot of the cooling principles that people use are simply incorrect. Here at Premier Heating & Air, your trusted source for air conditioning repair and replacement in Denver, we’re dedicated to keeping your home comfortable year-round without breaking the bank.

Today, the cooling experts at Denver’s Premier Heating & Air debunk 2 of the most common A/C operating myths:

1. You must keep your AC set to the same temperature all the time.

Some people think that they should keep their thermostat set at the same temperature, regardless of if they are home or not, or if it’s day or night, as a way to maximize efficiency and lower the work load on the A/C unit. This is simply untrue. At certain points in the day, you’ll save money and energy if you just cut back on your A/C setting or turn it off.

2. You should cut back on your AC use every time you leave the house.

Contrary to people who think that they need to leave their air on the same setting all the time, other people think that they should cut back on their air setting whenever they leave the house. The idea is simple: if you’re not in the house, you should increase the temperature setting on your thermostat to save energy and money. However, this is only sometimes true! According to the Energy Star, you should cut back on your air setting if you’re going to be gone from your home for eight hours or more. When you do change the setting, it should be by no more than ten degrees. That lowers the amount of work your A/C will do to get the house back to temperature.