Appliance Myths Vs. Facts

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Even in the age of information overload, myths find their way to float around.  Read below to ascertain few home appliance myths we have been living with for sometime now.

MYTH: Cold water doesn’t wash clothes

FACT: Present day washing machines are engineered to clean in cold water and 90 percent of the machines’ energy goes towards heating. So by washing clothes with hot water, you’re consuming more units of energy and escalating your electricity bills.

MYTH: Buying a more powerful A/C will cool down your space faster

FACT: Air Conditioners are designed to cycle off more frequently when it reaches the set or desired temperature in the room, reducing efficiency, lifespan and causing uncomfortable temperature fluctuations. Purchase a window air conditioner or split air conditioner that’s just right for the area required to cool.

MYTH: Lint buildup in a dryer indicates a bad lint filter

FACT: All dryer lint filters will allow small particles to pass through. Because the exhaust air is quite moist, these particles will eventually accumulate and clog the vent, as well as migrate into the body of the dryer. Clean around the lint filter and the vent every year to remove any lint deposits.

MYTH: The fuller the refrigerator is, the more efficiently it runs

FACT: This one takes the cake. Do not overload refrigerator shelves with food. Air circulation is important and will help keep the temperature even. This saves energy and extends the life of the compressor. Freezers, however, do run more efficiently when full.

MYTH: Limited use of an appliance will make it last longer

FACT: For some appliances, limited use actually creates problems. For instance, if you don’t use your dishwasher for several weeks, the seals may dry out, causing a failure of the main tub spin seal or pump seal. Similarly machines like Air Conditioners that have not been used for a long time, may give rise to unpleasant odours and dust built up.

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