Working in warehouses for most of my adult life, I was very familiar with overhead bridge cranes. These cranes are commonly used in warehouses, helping to transport large or heavy items from one side of the warehouse to the other. However, when I began working as a warehouse efficiency coordinator, I was surprised by how many smaller warehouses did not have these cranes. I created this website because I never realized that people who own warehouses don't own overhead bridge cranes or that they are not familiar with them. If you own a warehouse, I hope my website helps to teach you more about this piece of machinery and how it can make your business more efficient.
If there's one area that people are always trying to save a little money, it's their home energy bill. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths that persist about cutting energy costs. Some things you may be doing to save money may actually be costing you. Here's a look at some air conditioning myths that are driving up your energy costs.
Myth #1: Turning down your thermostat while you're out really doesn't save money While many people try to save a little money on their energy bill by raising their thermostat while they're not home, there's a faction of people on the opposite side. They think this practice really doesn't do any good, because your air conditioner just has to cool down your home again when you come back. It is true that your system will have to work a little more when you return home, but that cost is much lower than the cost of your system turning on and off all day. If you'll be out for an extended period of time, knock your thermostat up a few degrees.
Myth #2: Close vents in seldom used room to save money On the surface, this one seems to make sense. Why pay to cool a room you're not using? But the truth is, most modern home air conditioners are what's called "forced air." This system distributes air through a home until it's balanced. If you have vents closed, the system will have a harder time balancing the pressure. Not only does this practice not save you money, it actually ends up costing you more.
Myth #3: Always keep your ceiling fans running to lower your energy bill
There's nothing like stepping under a ceiling fan on a sweltering summer day. But the effect you're feeling is actually a little deceiving. Ceiling fans crate sort of a "wind chill" effect. That is, they make it feel colder than it really is. A ceiling fan is great at cooling a person, not a room. Using a ceiling fan along with your air conditioner will allow you to set you thermostat a few degrees higher, so it may save a little money should you choose, but don't run your fan when you're not home.
A little knowledge can be a powerful thing! Take these tips into consideration, and you'll really be saving money on your energy bill. These practices may make sense when you first see them, but with some understanding of how your heating and air conditioning really work, you'll start to see the benefits.