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A Lot Of Hot Air – 3 Common Air Conditioning Myths

For such a widespread technology, there are still an impressive number of myths about air conditioning floating around online. Here at Askews we’re used to hearing them regularly from customers, which is why this week we’re taking a moment to address three of the most common ones. Hopefully, the answers will put your mind at ease – while helping you to get the very best out of your air conditioning!

1. Is Air Conditioning Bad For Your Health?

dirty air conditioning filters

This is one of those questions we hear an awful lot here at Askews, but we’ve got good news for you – generally, the answer is no. In fact, air conditioning can actually benefit you; we talked recently about how they can actively help with improving the ventilation and airflow in an office, filtering out germs, pollen and bacteria that would otherwise be hanging around, therefore cutting down on office colds and illnesses in the process. This is particularly beneficial in workshops and similar environments, as it removes dust and similar contaminants that might cause dangerous respiratory illnesses.

There are exceptions of course, but in most cases, the air conditioning units that are damaging to human health are those which aren’t properly looked after. For example without proper care, mould can build up in the filters of an air conditioning unit, which can then get circulated around an office and actually cause illness. You’ll be glad to hear that it’s reasonably simple to avoid this scenario, though – just make sure you’re booking in your air conditioning unit for regular service and maintenance.

2. Is It True That The Bigger, The Better?

large air conditioning units

Many people – especially business owners – are often sold on the idea that the bigger your air conditioning unit is, the better it is at controlling the temperature of your building. And while this is true in some cases, it doesn’t mean it’s automatically true! Far from being more effective, having an air conditioning unit that’s too large is actually very inefficient, because it requires greater amounts of energy to run. That increased expenditure is fine if its size is tailored to your space, but if an oversized unit is matched to a small space, it will end up costing more to operate as it constantly consumes more energy. Actually, speaking of cost…

3. Is Air Conditioning Expensive To Run?

air conditioning costs

Not especially! Air conditioning is like any other electrical appliance in that there are costs associated with using it. Having said that, it’s generally energy efficient as long as you’re smart about how you’re using it. If you’re bumping it up to the maximum on a regular basis, then naturally it’s going to be more expensive. So how can you keep costs down? Well, lucky for you we’ve already published several blogs on exactly that topic. Here’s one on how you can save on air conditioning running costs, and while you’re at it make sure that you don’t make these common mistakes with air conditioning!

And don’t forget – the easiest way by far to save on air conditioning costs is to book your unit in for regular service and maintenance, which you can do right here on our website. Click here for a free quote, or give our team of expert heating, cooling and ventilation technicians a call on 01282 863 825.

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