Debunking The Most Common HVAC Myths People Actually Believe

It seems like anywhere you look there is a ton of information available on your HVAC system, how to properly maintain it, and how to get the most efficient use out of it. But how do you know what is and is not accurate? Don’t worry, there’s no need to sweat over it! We’re looking at the most common myths people believe about HVAC systems and separating fact from fiction to make sure what you believe about keeping your HVAC system properly maintained, efficiently running, and long lasting isn’t just full of hot air.

Myth # 1 – You Only Have To Change Your Air Filter Once A Year

How this one even became such a well believed myth we aren’t sure. Over time your HVAC’s air filter naturally gets filled with dirt and dust, and this dirt and dust will cause your air filter to get clogged and your system to run inefficiently if the air filters are not changed out regularly. When your air filter is clogged, both your air flow and air quality will be reduced. You should check your air filter monthly and change it as necessary, at a minimum you should be changing your air filter every few months (at least 4 times a year)! There are some higher end air filters you can purchase that will not require you to change them as frequently but can be regularly cleaned instead.

Myth # 2 – You Only Need To Call A HVAC Professional If You Have A Problem

This myth is easy (and convenient) to believe because of the old adage “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” But there is a lot more that a HVAC professional can do other than replacing or repairing an HVAC system. Your HVAC system is a complex mechanical system that requires regular maintenance and tune-ups. Regularly maintaining your HVAC system can give your system a longer lifespan and save you money in major repair costs down the road. At a minimum you should have your HVAC system professionally checked and maintained once a year, but twice a year is recommended.

Myth # 3 – The Larger The HVAC System, The Better It Will Work

This is one of the most easily believed myths out there about HVAC systems. It’s easy to believe that bigger means better. But in reality, when it comes to HVAC systems you need the system that is just the right size for the conditions in your home. If your system is too small for your home then it won’t be able to get your home to a comfortable temperature, but if it is too large for your home then it will cause the system to consistently cycle on and off which will end up costing you more money in energy costs and shortens the lifespan of your unit.

Myth # 4 – It Doesn’t Matter Where My Thermostat Is Located

One of the most important factors to ensuring your HVAC system consistently runs as efficiently as possible is making sure you have proper placement of your thermostat. The placement of your thermostat is important because it reads the temperature surrounding it to make sure your HVAC system is running at the right time to keep the temperature where you want it. If your thermostat is placed too close to appliances, electronics, radiators, and windows it might misread the temperature in the room and cause your system to continually turn on and off or to continue running longer than it needs to. The ideal placement for your thermostat will be on an interior wall in a room that you and your family use frequently.

Myth # 5 – Adjusting The Thermostat As High Or As Low As Possible Will Make The HVAC System Heat Or Cool The Room Faster

Many people believe that the higher or lower the temperature is set on the thermostat, the harder the HVAC system will work to achieve that temperature at a faster pace. The temperature that is set on the thermostat does not do anything other than tell your HVAC system what temperature you want your home heated or cooled to. Adjusting the thermostat temperature all the way up or all the way down will not make your HVAC system working any harder or any faster to achieve that temperature, which ultimately means your system will just run longer because it has to go further up or down than necessary.

It is great to know how to use your HVAC system to maximize efficiency, but you also need to make sure you know when to call a professional. If your HVAC system needs a regular maintenance check, a repair, or even a replacement, trust the certified professionals at C & S A/C Services! Call us today to schedule your next HVAC maintenance appointment!