It’s a fact. A properly functioning HVAC system is the key to comfort during those long, frigid winters and steamy, hot summers. However, there are a lot of misconceptions about how to keep your system operating at peak performance while saving money on energy costs. What’s a homeowner to do? Read our blog as we debunk common HVAC myths to keep you informed of the best options for system maintenance and lower utility bills all year round.
Myth # 1: HVAC filters only need to be changed once a year.
Wrong. Believe it or not, the majority of HVAC issues are related to poor or improper airflow. Your heating and cooling system is designed to operate at a certain airflow level. If your filter is dirty or clogged, it can reduce the amount of air circulating in your home by as much 90 percent. This can cause a number of problems for both your furnace and air conditioner, including an AC freeze, blower motor or compressor failure, overheating, or total system failure. Filters should be changed a minimum of every two months to keep your HVAC equipment in tip-top shape.
Myth #2: The bigger the unit, the better.
Nope. An ill-fitted HVAC system can lead to several problems. A unit that’s too large for the space may cause the system to short cycle or turn on/off too quickly and too often. The result – additional wear and tear on your heating and cooling equipment, not to mention skyrocketing utility bills. To ensure your system is sized correctly, contact an HVAC professional and schedule an inspection.
Myth #3: The location of the thermostat doesn’t matter.
Incorrect. If the thermostat is too close to a register or window, it may give a false reading, resulting in your HVAC equipment turning on or off prematurely. Again, this can result in your system short cycling, as well as wasted energy and higher utility costs. Make sure your thermostat is in a proper location away from direct sunlight.
Myth #4: High-efficiency equipment saves energy and money.
False, but let’s clarify. Energy efficient equipment does make a difference when it comes to cost savings. However, that’s just a part of the picture. Leaky doors and windows, as well as poor or no insulation throughout the home, can contribute to energy loss and higher utility bills. If you’re serious about saving money (and the planet), contact an HVAC professional to schedule an energy audit.
Myth #5: HVAC repair and maintenance are easy and optional (I’ll just YouTube it).
*Facepalm. HVAC systems are complicated and use hazardous materials like refrigerant, fuel, electrical components, and other intricate parts. The only way to ensure equipment functions properly is to have routine inspections performed by a professional technician. They can diagnose and repair any issues to your system and prevent costly equipment replacement down the road, as well as keep you and your family safe. Our advice – familiarize yourself with your heating and cooling system enough to understand the issues but leave the repairs and maintenance to the professionals.