Common HVAC Myths Debunked
Know Your System: Don’t Fall For These Common HVAC Myths
It’s easy to get confused about how you should be using and maintaining your HVAC system, especially with countless misconceptions floating around. Just like the tooth fairy, a lot of these “facts” and hints are just plain made up. We debunk some of the most common HVAC myths so you can get the most out of your system.
1) Turning off your system while you’re not home will save you money.
FALSE: This myth stems from the idea that if you unplug appliances when you’re not using them it will save you money. However, turning off the air conditioner when you leave actually increases the work load on your HVAC system. When you return home and crank your AC, it has to work that much harder to bring the temperature in your house down again. Studies show that it is most cost effective to change your thermostat by 4 or 5 degrees when you leave the house. Otherwise, you will actually LOSE money. Do yourself (and your wallet) a favor and keep your HVAC system on when you’re not home.
2) Closing vents in your home will help you use less energy.
FALSE: Once again this tip is very misleading. Shutting the vent in one room might actually throw off your HVAC system’s balance. Pressure will buildup in the ductwork and cause leaks. It’s best to find a setting that is comfortable for all rooms. That way there is no need to shut certain vents and potentially disrupt your system.
3) Routine HVAC maintenance is an unnecessary expense.
FALSE: When it comes to heating and air conditioning you may be tempted to follow the old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” However, that could end up costing you in the long run. HVAC units need to be maintained on a regular basis. This prevents small problems from becoming big problems. Also, keeping up with regular maintenance ensures that your system is working efficiently. An effective HVAC system will benefit both your home and your bank account.