Most of us rely on the internet for information. The only problem with that is that you can get a lot of contradicting information making it hard to know what you can believe. Every home has a heating and cooling system in place to keep it comfortable, but most homeowners are unaware of exactly how these systems work. There are many misconceptions floating around about how heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) work and Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning will attempt to clear of some of these here.
How Often Should You Change Air Filter in House?
You only need to change the filter once a year? This is not true. Dirty filters can wreak havoc on your HVAC system as they can reduce airflow. You should change air filters as soon as they look dirty. This can be monthly depending on your home. Clean air filters ensure efficiency and help you save money too. Clean air filters also help to improve the air quality in your home.
Should You Close Off Air Conditioning Vents in Unused Rooms?
You can close air vents in empty rooms to increase efficiency? Even though those vents are designed so you can close them off, you shouldn’t. When you do it you reduce the amount of air that’s being circulated. This increases the air pressure in the ducts and can cause leaks or cracks at the vent seams. In newer systems you can throw the system off balance and cause it to work harder. This makes the system less efficient and increases your energy bills.
Will a Bigger AC Unit Cool My House Better?
Bigger HVAC systems are better? For many things in life, big is better but not with HAVC systems. When a system is too big, it will cycle on and off. This will cost money and reduce the lifespan of the system due to wear and tear. If a system is too small, it will not be able to heat or cool your home efficiently. You should always get a consultation from a professional to ensure you get the right system for your home.
Is Changing Temperature on Thermostat Dramatically an Energy Saving Measure
Turning the system off and on will help reduce energy consumption? This is good logic when it comes to truing lights and appliances off and on, but when it comes to your HVAC system, you will actually consume more energy when you constantly turn it off and on. Programmable thermostats allow you to set lower temperatures when you are away and asleep. Newer systems also allow you to control it through WiFi. This will help you reduce your energy consumption and put less wear and tear on the system.
Is HVAC Maintenance Worth It?
Routine maintenance is unnecessary? This is a big myth. Many people only call an HVAC company when something goes wrong, but HVAC systems are complex and really need to be checked once a year. You can take care of filter changes but having other parts of the system checked can prevent bigger problems down the road. Big problems that can be pricey. Maintenance can find problems early to prevent that from happening.
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It can be easy to believe myths, more so when we think they can save us money of energy bills or have our homes work as efficiently as possible. Contact Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning to answer any questions about your HVAC system.