When it comes to your HVAC system, it’s easy to get advice from friends, family and social media for tips on what you can do to keep it running. However, there are many misconceptions about keeping your HVAC system in tip-top shape. In this guide, we’ll debunk seven common HVAC myths that we hear a lot about in the Cleburne, TX, area.
Bigger HVAC Systems Are Better
Some people believe that no matter the size of their home, they need the largest HVAC system they can find. That’s not true because a system that’s too large for your home won’t cool or heat efficiently as it constantly cycles on and off.
This costs you more money to operate the system and raises your energy bills. It also shortens the lifespan of your system and puts more stress on it, which means you need more repairs and must replace it sooner. A professional service technician can measure your home and provide a system to the exact specifications you need.
Closed Vents Save Energy
Some people believe that closing vents in unused rooms can save energy and increase efficiency. While it prevents heating or cooling unused rooms, it actually increases airflow and air pressure in the ducts. Increased air pressure causes leaks in the joints and seams of the ducts.
When there are leaks in your ducts, this causes your HVAC system to stay on longer, thereby using more energy to heat or cool your home. If you want to save energy, home automation zoning allows you to divide your home into multiple heating and cooling zones that allow you to control the temperature in each room or area individually.
Duct Tape is Good for Sealing Duct Leaks
Duct tape has many uses around the home, and it’s popular to use because it’s durable, strong and water-resistant. However, duct tape isn’t good for sealing air ducts, as it peels and doesn’t stick to them very well. If you need to seal your air ducts, it’s best to let a professional handle the task.
Air Filters Need Changing Only Once a Year
One thing you can do to improve your health and keep your HVAC system running smoothly is to change your air filter frequently. You may believe that you only need to change your filter once a year, but it’s recommended that you change it at least every other month.
If you have pets, you may have to change the filters every month to keep your indoor air quality healthy. If you don’t want to change your air filter that often, you may want to invest in an air purifier.
Keeping the Same Temperature Is Fine
You may think that keeping the temperature on the thermostat the same no matter the time of day is a way to save money. However, that is not the case, as there are temperature fluctuations throughout the day. A smart thermostat automatically adjusts the temperature to save on energy usage.
Routine Maintenance Isn’t Important
Some people believe that routine preventive maintenance on their HVAC system isn’t important. They might turn on their air conditioner or furnace at the beginning of the season without even checking their HVAC system’s condition. This leads to costly but preventable repairs and the need to replace their system sooner than expected.
Extreme Thermostat Settings Work
You might come home during the day to find that your house is hot. Your first move is probably to turn the thermostat to a very low temperature in an attempt to cool your home faster. This doesn’t work, as your system can only provide a certain amount of cooling or heating during a given period, so all you’re doing is making the system run longer.
Once you know the facts, you can take charge of your home comfort. Contact us at Airmasters Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. today to learn more about home automation zoning and other services we offer to improve your home’s energy efficiency.
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