Common Misconceptions about the HVAC System
Adjusting the position of the thermostat is one of the easiest ways to save power and money in your home and avoid the need for professional services.
Buying a new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system consists of more than just choosing the right model and getting the right contractors to install it. Besides studying the instructions and asking your contractors for advice, it’s important to be aware of common misconceptions about the HVAC system. It’s time to get to know your units in order to enjoy the perfect temperature throughout your home at every moment.
Myth No. 1: A bigger and stronger HVAC system is always better.
False! If you get a system that is too big for the available square footage of your home, it will cost you more! Your system will heat or cool your space quickly, turning on and off repeatedly in order to maintain the temperature you selected for your space. This, in turn, will shorten the lifespan of your unit, and use more power.
Myth No. 2: An energy-efficient unit will automatically reduce your electricity bill.
False! Even though buying an energy-efficient unit is a great start, in order to see real results, you need to check for leaky window seals and insulation problems that may hinder the process of heating or cooling your space.
Myth No. 3: The position of the thermostat is not that important.
False! Placing the thermostat too close to one of the air vents, windows or radiators can cause the component to give a false reading of the temperature in the room, making the system turn off or on instead of keeping the temperature consistent.
Myth No. 4: Filters need to be changed only once a year.
False! Depending on the amount of dust present in your home, the number of people living in your space and whether or not you have pets, filters get dirty quickly, clog the system and reduce airflow. Clean the filters or change them every few months to maintain your HVAC system in top shape.
Myth No. 5: Keeping your AC running while you are not at home will ultimately save energy.
False! When you are not present in your space, it’s always better to shut your HVAC system off instead of keeping the temperature set on high during the day. Choosing a programmable thermostat can help you limit the unnecessary use of power. Simply set the timer to turn the AC off when you leave or back on right before you return home.
Following these simple tips will help you enjoy your HVAC system without unnecessary expenses and the need for professional help for as long as possible. In case you need thorough maintenance, feel free to contact us at Total Comfort Heating and Cooling to schedule a consultation with our team.