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Household Appliance Myths

Discover the truth behind common household appliance myths. Learn how to save energy, time, and money with facts about standby power, dishwasher efficiency, microwave safety, and more in the world of household appliances

Myth: Leaving appliances on standby doesn't use any power.

Fact: Many appliances consume a small amount of energy when on standby mode, also known as "phantom" or "vampire" power. Over time, this can add up to a significant amount of electricity usage. It's a good idea to unplug or use a power strip to completely cut off power to devices when they're not in use.

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Myth: Running the dishwasher uses more water and energy than handwashing dishes.

Fact: Modern dishwashers are designed to be much more water and energy-efficient than handwashing. Using a dishwasher with a full load can actually save water and energy compared to washing dishes by hand, as long as it's used efficiently.

Myth: You should rinse dishes thoroughly before putting them in the dishwasher.

Fact: Most modern dishwashers are equipped with sensors and technology to handle lightly soiled dishes. Pre-rinsing dishes can waste water and energy. Simply scrape off excess food and let the dishwasher do the rest.

Myth: Microwaving food in plastic containers or using plastic wrap releases harmful chemicals.

Fact: While it's essential to use microwave-safe containers, the majority of plastic containers designed for microwave use are safe. However, it's crucial to follow the manufacturer's guidelines and avoid using containers that aren't labeled as microwave safe.

Myth: Refrigerators work more efficiently when packed full.

Fact: Refrigerators need some room for air circulation to operate efficiently. Overcrowding a fridge can lead to poor air circulation and inefficient cooling. Conversely, an empty fridge can warm up quickly when the door is opened frequently. Maintain a moderate level of food and beverages for optimal performance.

Myth: A larger room air conditioner is always better.

Fact: Buying an air conditioner that's too big for your space can lead to inefficient cooling and higher energy bills. It's essential to choose an appropriately sized unit based on the size and cooling needs of the room.

Myth: You should regularly defrost your freezer to save energy.

Fact: While some frost build-up can reduce energy efficiency, modern frost-free freezers are designed to minimize frost accumulation. It's generally not necessary to manually defrost them unless you notice excessive ice buildup.

Myth: Electric space heaters are more energy-efficient than central heating.

Fact: Electric space heaters can be efficient for heating small, well-insulated spaces, but they can be expensive to run if used for heating larger areas. Central heating systems, especially those that use energy-efficient technologies, are often more cost-effective for heating entire homes.

Myth: Washing machines don't need maintenance.

Fact: Regular maintenance, such as cleaning the lint filter in dryers or cleaning the washing machine drum, can help appliances run more efficiently and extend their lifespan. Neglecting maintenance can lead to decreased performance and costly repairs.

Myth: Appliance warranties are unnecessary.

Fact: While many appliances come with a manufacturer's warranty, it's still a good idea to consider extended warranties or service contracts for expensive appliances, as they can provide peace of mind and cover repairs that may occur after the manufacturer's warranty expires.

Always consult your appliance's user manual and follow manufacturer recommendations for proper usage and maintenance to ensure they operate efficiently and safely. And if you need Appliance Repair or Installation help, call T&C Appliance/HVAC Repair 336-350-7004 or book online at

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