HVAC systems are commonly used in homes across the United States and other parts of the world, providing a complex but comprehensive framework for many of the heating, cooling, and ventilation needs for your family.
Your HVAC system allows you to control and adjust indoor temperatures, humidity levels and keeps the air free of harmful pollutants and irritants, be it allergens or bacteria.
However, there are still various myths and misconceptions that people commonly believe in them. Here are some of them and why they’re false:
Shading your outdoor condenser to save energy
This is a common myth that people believe to help conserve energy for their unit. However, this ends up restricting air flow and recirculates hot air back into your unit.
In truth, it isn’t enough to just shade your unit. For effiiciency like that, you’ll need to shade your entire home through landscaping, and various other measures.
filters only need an annual replacement
This is another myth that’s propelled as a way to save money on filter and maintenance costs. However, your filters work around the clock to protect you, and replacing them is necessary after a certain point. You can have them cleaned, if possible, to increase their longevity, but they eventually do need to be replaced.
No longer than ninety days is how long you can go without replacing your filter. After that, they stop working as efficiently and effectively, either getting clogged or damaged and thus releasing many of the harmful particles into the air you breathe.
“Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke”
Another myth for saving money is that your system doesn’t need professional interference if there’s nothing wrong with it. But the cost of major repairs or a new system is not worth it in comparison to the cost of scheduled maintenance. There are various types of maintenance your system requires, including cleaning, repairs, audits, etc.
Switching the system off and on and closing Vents saves energy
If you truly care about saving money and the environment, it’s crucial to unlearn this myth! Your HVAC system uses the most energy when being switched on, which is why each time you switch it off and back on, it uses a large amount of power.
Similarly, closing your vents puts pressure on the system by trapping fast-moving air inside the ducts. Leaks, breakage, damage are all a result of the trapped air pressure, not any difference in your energy bill!
If you’re looking to save on the costs of running your HVAC system, you can do that through regular inspections, servicing, and conscious usage. A greener tomorrow and a greener home is just as important. Reach out to us if you have any concerns about your system, including HVAC duct cleaning and upgrading your system to be more efficient.