As one of the Boston area’s lead resources for electrical services, we’re often party to a number of misconceptions from homeowners. It is our aim to provide you with optimal customer service, and we believe part of doing this is educating our customers on how they can best utilize their electrical fixtures and electronic appliances so that they are saving energy—by dispelling a few myths that you might still believe.
Myth #1: Ceiling Fans Cool Down Rooms
Ceiling fans are an excellent electrical addition to your home. But, they do not cool rooms. Rather, they cool people. This means they only benefit you if you are in the room in which it the ceiling fan is being used at the time.
The advantage in this is that if you have a forced air cooling or heating system, you can use the ceiling fan in combination with it to better distribute the air, and adjust your thermostat accordingly. This is what saves you energy, versus just using a ceiling fan instead of an air conditioner. Both your energy and comfort will suffer if you rely on this.
Myth #2: Closing Vents throughout the House Saves Money
If you have an electric heat pump system or other type of climate control system, you probably wonder often how you can save money using them. After all, they do contribute a lot to your monthly utility bills (in some homes, it’s as much as 50% of the energy bill).
As a result, people try to close vents in their various unoccupied rooms in an attempt to save money. If the system doesn’t have to condition a whole house, it uses less energy, right? Wrong. Your heat pump is still putting in just as much effort and work. All this is doing is creating an imbalance in the system that can lead to a breakdown of your HVAC system as well as damaged ductwork.
What’s important to realize is that most of the energy use from climate control systems comes from the startup and shut down of a cycle. So if you truly want to help save some energy, adjust the thermostat accordingly. The average person is comfortable with their home at 78°F during the summer and 68°F during the winter. Staying in this range will help your HVAC system run less, thus saving energy.
Myth #3: LED Lighting Costs More Than Non-LED Lighting
Okay yes, if you’re in a hardware store looking at two different light bulbs, and one is LED, then the LED bulb is going to have the higher price tag. However, LED bulbs have a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours. Let’s put that into perspective—if you had your lighting on for 12 hours a day, that bulb can last almost 11 years.
The same cannot be said for Non-LED lighting, which you might find yourself replacing every year or more. Therefore, you’re saving money not only due to the fact that you won’t have to buy new bulbs each year, but also because LED lighting uses less energy, decreasing your electric bills month-to-month.