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There’s no denying that your New Bern, North Carolina, home benefits from your efforts to be energy efficient. However, it helps to know which energy efficiency practices are fact or fiction. By debunking energy efficiency myths, you can channel your efforts into more fruitful savings and efficient practices. Here are two of the most egregious energy efficiency myths.

HVAC Units Account for a Majority of Energy Usage

Although HVAC systems are one of the biggest energy users in the home, technological advancements have made them much more efficient than they were a decade ago. Today, heating and cooling account for 48 percent of the average home’s energy bill. That makes appliances and electronics equally guilty in sucking down power, especially as these devices become larger and more sophisticated.

Extreme Thermostat Settings Heat or Cool the Home Quicker

If you’ve ever come home on a frigid evening or a scorching day, your first instinct is to set the thermostat to an extreme temperature. You’re not trying to blow through energy; you’re just giving into human nature to feel comfortable.

Pushing the temperature to 90 or 50 degrees won’t heat or cool your home any faster. Contrary to popular belief, furnaces and air conditioners heat and cool at a constant rate. They don’t kick it into hyper-drive just because you adjust the temperature with reckless abandon.

When you’re uncomfortable because of the temperature outside, set the thermostat to a normal degree. You’ll feel the results just as quickly as you would otherwise. When in doubt, stake out a spot right in front of the air vent.

Now that you’re familiar with some of the falsely accepted myths of energy efficiency, you’re in a better position to make changes in your routine. However, some of these tasks are better left to a professional. If your HVAC system needs maintenance, installation, or repair, contact J&J mechanical today at 855-800-1341.

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