These days, it can be hard to tell what is real and what is not. Information can be suspect, or even outright fiction. Today, we’re busting some common HVAC myths in hopes that it will help you in your quest for the truth about your home comfort system.
Myth #1: You can ignore your system’s filter.
We hope that by now we’ve made it abundantly clear that it is vitally important to change your filter often enough. Neglecting your filter can actually cost you a lot in the long-run while the upfront cost of buying a new filter is pretty low and absolutely worth it. Want to learn more about how a clogged filter can affect the entirety of your HVAC system? Read our article on what happens when you don’t change your HVAC filter.
Myth #2: You don’t need regular maintenance. Just suffer through repairs when your HVAC system breaks down.
We certainly hope you don’t believe this one. Have you heard the quote “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? We fully believe this is applicable to your HVAC system. Having consistent maintenance performed on your HVAC system routinely (twice a year) will keep your system operating at peak performance and help prevent expensive repairs and having to prematurely invest in an entirely new system before you are ready. Curious what goes on during these maintenance check-ups? Check out our maintenance basics article.
Myth #3: The bigger the HVAC system, the better.
We’ve heard it all before: bigger is better. Well, not in the case of your heating and cooling system. Get a system that’s too big and it will run hard, then shut off, and continue in this cycle of never-ending fluctuating temperatures, excessive humidity, and potentially a premature breakdown of your system. A system that’s too small will constantly be running at maximum capacity, resulting in higher energy bills. Reputable HVAC contractors will perform a load calculation to precisely match the proper size system to your home. If you’re in need of a new system, rely on one of our consultants to find the system that’s right for you.
Myth #4: Constantly tweaking your thermostat is a good thing.
Please don’t do this. There seems to be a common misconception floating around that cranking down your AC to a much lower temperature will cool the house down faster. In reality, turning your system up or down in stages, gradually is the best way to save energy. If you are constantly turning your system on and off, it can waste energy and drive up costs. The constant stopping and starting can put undue wear and tear on the system. We highly recommend that you consider a programmable thermostat that will do all the work for you; you can set it to react properly when you’re out of the house and regulate your desired temperature before you return. For more energy efficiency tips, check out our article!
Myth #5: The placement of my thermostat doesn’t affect the system.
Incorrect. Your thermostat is the most visible and hands-on part of your HVAC system. But it cannot just be slapped up in any old place in the home. For example, if the thermostat is placed too close to vents, heat sources, or windows, it could read the internal temperature of your home incorrectly and either shut down the system entirely or possibly keep it running longer than necessary. Thermostat placement is a careful consideration, and varies in each home. Trust us, nothing involving your heating and cooling system should be done haphazardly.
Myth #6: An energy-efficient HVAC system is the only way to reduce my energy costs.
We love our state of the art high-efficiency HVAC systems. Representing one of the most significant investments in your home, the energy savings can be enormous. While this is a great start, there are so many other ways to increase energy efficiency while also lowering your energy bill. Purchasing Energy Star rated appliances, unplugging things you don’t use often, even unplugging chargers when you are done with them can help save you money and reduce your energy usage. Check out our articles on Home Energy Efficiency Tips and Cooling Your Space Without Blasting the AC.