The A/C Debate: Comfort Vs Cost And How To Save Energy
Space cooling is the No. 1 energy consumer in your home, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. In fact, it towers over lighting, water heating and space heating to take 13 percent of your average electric bill. So, it’s no wonder the thermostat is constantly contested among couples, families and roommates. It’s always comfort versus cost.
What are your tricks to keep the home cool without spiking the bill? Some people turn off their A/C completely while at work; others find a higher-but-tolerable temperature to maintain for the day. To know the best strategy for your home, you need to understand how your system works and where all that energy is going, then you can keep it cool without emptying your bank account.
How Does an HVAC System Work?
The HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) is much more than just a fan, and uses several components to evenly distribute cold air throughout your home. You can see how the complete HVAC system works in this infographic, but it comes down to three important pieces — compressor, filter and electrical elements.
The compressor is what sends cold liquid through coils that cool the air blowing into your home. The filter keeps dust and other microbes out of your air ducts. Electrical elements include the thermostat and other controls, which maintain temperature in the home.
Energy Myths Debunked
There’s a lot of bad science out there regarding cooling your home, what works, what doesn’t and what actually saves energy. Let’s lay waste to the myths once and for all:
Myth: Cranking the A/C cools a home faster.
Your air conditioning unit is either on or it’s off, but it doesn’t have a hyper mode. Setting it to 66 degrees will not force it to reach 72 any faster than just setting it to 72 and leaving it alone, but it could cost you big if you forget to change the settings as it gets cooler.
Myth: Leaving a fan on while away keeps a room cool.
Fans cool people, not rooms. Leaving them on while away is just a waste of money.
Myth: It’s cheaper to leave the A/C on while away than to completely turn it off.
Even if you leave the unit at a higher temperature, like 80 degrees, it still consumes more energy to maintain than to power back up once you’re home. So you’ll save on your bill if you power down during work, nights out or vacations.
Power Down & Keep Cool
“I want to save money but I don’t want to come home to a hot house.” This is a fair argument against powering down your A/C during work hours, but there’s an affordable way around that deterrent. Smart thermostats like Nest learn your comings and goings so it can power down while you’re away and power on in time for you to come home to a cool, comfortable home.
The unit connects to your smartphone so it can use its location services to know when you’re home and away. You can also use the Nest app to turn on your A/C manually if you’re heading home at an unusual time. This is a great workaround to power down your cooling when away from home without having to “wait it out” in a hot house or apartment.
6 Unexpected Security Concerns, and How to Prepare
As powerful as the Internet is right now, it’s impossible to even imagine where it will go over the next years and beyond. But, as fast as security protection continues to improve, hackers seem to improve even more quickly. Everything from new devices to apps…
Your Business Needs These 13 Digital Security Solutions – Here’s How To Get The Most Out Of Each
How would you characterize your organization’s digital security posture? If you’re not sure how to answer this question, or perhaps would prefer not to answer it at all, you’re not alone. Countless decision-makers, from uber-competent CTOs and CISOs to CEOs and COOs who couldn’t code…
Louisiana And Oklahoma Introduce Digital Identification To Prevent Fake ID Use
Digital ID in Louisiana Utilizing digital IDs has been a commonly broached topic for a while now. Although most states are only either deliberating their helpfulness or in the utmost initial stages, Louisiana has moved forward. The primary introduction of this technology was done back…
ScanGuard Review – Here is What You Should Know
Doesn’t it sound good and satisfying to have a goop-performing antivirus that is reliable enough? Yes, it is. For that reason, you need to be extra careful when you are in search of a good antivirus. Put all the necessary factors into consideration so that…
The Emerging Need for Social Media Security
By the time you’ve finished reading this sentence, nearly 700 passwords have been stolen from social media accounts across the world. Social media security breaches have the potential to cause up to $6 trillion in cybercrime damages by 2021, up from $3 billion in costs…
- 3D Printing
- App Dev
- Artificial Intelligence
- Arts and Entertainment
- Big Data
- Blockchain Tech
- Business Technology
- Car Technology
- Cloud Computing
- Cloud Storage
- Computer and Technology
- Conference Calling
- Coupons and Deals
- Cyber Security
- Dark Left 1
- Data Center
- Data Recovery
- Digital Arena
- Digital Marketing
- Edu Tech
- Email Marketing
- Google Glass
- Guides and Tutorials
- Health and Fitness
- Home Improvement
- Home Security
- Internet and Businesses Online
- Internet Marketing
- IT Careers
- Mobile Apps
- Mobile Security
- New Tech
- Online Shopping
- Project Management
- Reference and Education
- Reputation Management
- Sales & Marketing
- Shopping and Product reviews
- Small Business
- Social Media
- Tech Trends
- Technical Support
- Technology in Education
- Tips & Tricks
- Tips And Tricks
- Video Conferencing
- Virtual Reality
- Wearable Technology
- Web Design
- Web Development
- Web Hosting
Why Business Owners Should Also Invest In Real Estate
Business owners often count on their businesses almost exclusively to secure ongoing revenue and plan for the future. They might plan to sell the business eventually, using the money to fund their retirement, or might imagine working for the company indefinitely, with a consistent line…
Best Free-Play Slots You Need To Try While You Can!
Video slots are currently the most preferred form of entertainment found in digital casinos. The reasons are many – they are easy to play, highly rewarding, provide endless entertainment, and there are a lot of titles to choose from. Nevertheless, every experienced player will tell…
3 Ways to Prepare For Cyber Security Risks That Employees Must Know
In a world where everything is much easier to do via mobile, app, or device, technology is not going to slow down. We’re all guilty of potentially owning more than one device, whether that is our personal phones, work phones, tablets or fitness trackers. All…
Non-Negotiable Elements For Your Business IT Security Plan
In 2019, having a business IT security plan is more important than ever. An IT security plan is the first line of defense you have for protecting your business – and your clients – against cybercriminals. Cybercriminals include hackers, who frequently obtain personal information with…
Businesses Need To Be Proactive When It Comes To Cyber Security
For business of any size, making sure they are not only compliant with security regulations but continually improving and adjusting the measures they have in place is vital. Quite often the factor which determines how a business approaches cyber security is the mindset of the…
How To Become A Cyber Security Analyst
What is Cyber Security? Cyber security is the practice of protecting a system or network from digital attacks. These attacks are generally aimed to retrieve or destroy sensitive information and it is a serious threat to all the organizations. Who is A Cyber Security Analyst…