Debunking 3 Cooling System Myths

June 10, 2019

Rumors and myths often keep people from noticing real cooling system issues. Every myth starts with a smidgen of truth. That’s why debunking these falsehoods takes a little bit of explaining.

1. An Air Conditioning Unit Is More Efficient in the Shade

People are cooler in the shade, so the assumption is that everything else is too. The science of it does prove a unit may stay cooler, but it is not enough to support the myth.

The change in electric bills is not enough to go on a bush-planting adventure. The cooling unit’s size plays the largest factor in this myth-busting. If anything, extra greenery or planned landscaping tends to reduce the overall efficiency of an AC because it blocks the airflow.

2. Air Conditioners Are a Source of Indoor Pollution

Concerns over indoor pollution are a common worry. However, some people do not understand what contributes to poor air quality. If a homeowner does regular maintenance, a micro-organism has nowhere to breed. Musty odors are always a warning sign and should never go ignored.

The thought is that air conditioning causes illness, congestion, and cancer. In truth, cooling units save lives when extreme heatwaves come through. Air conditioning units can also help ease the following:

  • Asthma
  • Allergies (cool air cleans the air of irritants)
  • Cardiovascular symptoms (air conditioning reduces unseen particles in the air that irritates)
  • Heat-related illnesses

3. Air Conditioners Produce Carbon Monoxide

Gas-powered appliances produce carbon monoxide. The confusion comes into play because the noxious gas comes from the furnace, not the cooling unit. Air conditioners do not have flames. Leaking carbon monoxide is impossible without gasses to combust. If you have a gas-powered furnace, however, the best plan of action is to install a carbon monoxide detector in your home to avoid any potential issues.

At Carlos Warren & Son in Dexter, MO, we believe that maintenance is the best plan of action for HVAC equipment. With our maintenance agreements, we offer two precision check-ups a year. We also provide repair and installation services for heaters and cooling units. Contact us today to learn more.

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