What You Thought You Knew, Busted
Whether it’s during the frigid days of winter or the hottest days of summer, everyone wants to get the most out of their HVAC unit. However, there are common myths going around about HVAC that simply aren’t true, so we thought our we’d set the record straight.
1. A fan is like your A/C
Fans are designed to circulate the air in a room, not cool it like an air conditioner. When the circulated air moves across your skin, it cools you off (even though the air around you isn’t getting any cooler). Despite popular belief, your fan will not lower your room’s temperature – even if you leave it on all day.
2. Closing off vents will reduce your energy bill
Many people think that when you close off your vents, you’ll reduce the amount of air that’s being pushed throughout your home, but in reality, (if you have a modern HVAC system), the pressure load will be balanced throughout your rooms. If you block a vent, you can throw your HVAC system out of balance and actually make it work harder.
3. Your HVAC system doesn’t need checked unless there’s a problem
Actually, scheduling an HVAC technician for regular heating or air conditioning service can help you find problems before they occur. Check out our maintenance programs to make the most of your HVAC system.
4. Cranking the thermostat will cool/warm your home quicker
False – your HVAC system will work at the same power level to cool or warm your home no matter what temperature you put it on. Setting the thermostat a few degrees warmer or cooler than what you want won’t help to speed things up.
5. Short operations of A/C will reduce your energy bill
Your HVAC unit uses the most energy in the first 3-5 minutes of starting up. After that, it will use less energy, so if you constantly turn your unit on and off, you’re actually wasting energy. Instead, let it run for 40-50 minutes at a time to get the best efficiency.
6. Buying an energy-efficient HVAC model will save you money
This is partially true. An energy-efficient HVAC unit is a great idea, but it’s important to get a unit that’s the right size for your home. You also have to consider ductwork and airflow before you install a new unit. Make sure you contact a professional in heating and air conditioning services who can help you decide what’s best for your home.
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