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Posted by Michael Kamps on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 @ 03:16 PM

There Are Several Common Myths About Heating, Cooling and Energy Efficiency!

Today more than ever, everybody’s looking for ways to use energy more efficiently around the house and cut down on utility bills. Unfortunately, there are plenty of myths in the marketplace today. So we decided to address the most common ones. In fact, some of the more popular myths that you may think are saving you energy and money are actually doing the opposite.

So let's see if we can set the record straight. Here are the facts on some of the most common home energy myths and fallacies. (This information is supported by TOP building scientists):

"ECommonEEMyths1nergy Efficiency And Energy Conservation Are One And The Same Thing."

Well-intentioned information campaigns during oil crises of the 1970's created a lot of confusion about how to save energy. Energy efficiency means getting a job done with less energy. Energy conservation, on the other hand, means reducing the level of services, e.g. reducing comfort (of course who wants that). Consumers CAN improve energy efficiency without lowering the quality of life. Think of it this way:

Conservation - turning your thermostat back and being uncomfortable. Maybe saving 3 - 5%.
Energy Efficient Improvements - leaving your thermostat where everyone is comfortable. Saving 30-70%. Having the right information can make all the difference.

CommonEEMyths2"It’s Easy To Tell Where My Home Is Losing Energy".

Fact. Many homeowners think the biggest air leaks are around windows and doors. While these leaks can be significant, most air leaks are hidden from view, passing through floors and ceilings, around chimneys, pipes, ductwork, etc. With today's technology, you can pinpoint where you're losing heat in Winter or cooling in Summer; and then fix it.

CommonEEMyths3"The Best Way To Deal With Uncomfortably Hot Rooms Is Sticking An Air Conditioner In The Window."

Fact. It's always best to treat the source of the problem vs. the symptom. Improper airflow is one of the biggest culprits. The way your HVAC system distributes conditioned air through your duct system is another major impact. Also, with professional weatherization you can often address the source of the discomfort without using energy draining air conditioners. Weatherization cannot only keep rooms warmer in the winter, but also keep them cooler in the summer

CommonEEMyths4"Energy Efficiency Home Improvements Don't Increases The Value Of A Home."

A 2008 NAHB study shows that 51 percent of homebuyers are willing to pay up to $11,000 more if energy costs are reduced by just $1,000 annually.

CommonEEMyths5"Buying An Energy Efficient Furnace Or Air-Conditioner Will Automatically Reduce My Energy Bill."

Not necessarily true. Even the highest efficiency-rated heaters and air conditioners can cost you more money to operate if they are improperly sized or installed. According to the Department of Energy, shoddy installation and improper sized equipment can waste as much as one-third of your energy consumption. This is true to some extent, but you won't realize all the possible savings if the equipment is not sized or installed properly. Studies have shown that typical air conditioner and duct systems are improperly installed, wasting 1/3 or more of the energy used by the air conditioner. New and replacement equipment (and ducts) need to be properly designed and installed to realize all the possible savings.

Does this make sense? Up Next, Myths 6 - 10.

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