Your HVAC system is a necessary part of your home. While it may be silent and out of sight for the most part, that doesn’t mean it should be out of mind. Just like any major appliance, it’s a good idea to have a basic understanding of what you can do to keep your HVAC system up and running.
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An HVAC system is a large investment, and as such, you want to keep it in good condition for as long as possible. In today’s post, we will cover some of the most common myths about your HVAC system and how avoiding these practices will help to increase its lifespan.
Air Filters Need To Be Changed Once A Year
Dirty air filters can severely inhibit the performance of your HVAC system. Air filters are responsible for cleansing the air of unwanted dust and debris that could not only affect the air you breathe, but it could also cause problems with the overall function of your system. It’s important to change the filters every few months, as they will become dirty fairly quickly. If you fail to change the filters, your HVAC may have to work harder, thus resulting in a shorter life or more repairs down the line.
Routine Maintenance Isn’t Necessary
Much like your car needs to be serviced every few months, the same rule applies to your HVAC system. It’s a good idea to have a professional take a look at your system every six months, preferably before winter and before spring. The last thing you want to worry about is your HVAC system breaking down in the middle of winter, leaving you with no heat, or the middle of the summer where you’re stuck in the sweltering heat. When a professional comes to service your HVAC system, he or she will let you know if there are any areas that may need repairs so you can have them fixed before it’s too late.
An Energy Efficient Unit Is The Solution To A Lower Energy Bill
An energy efficient HVAC system is a great way to lower your energy bill. That being said, if you’ve replaced your unit and you’re only seeing a small difference in your monthly bill, it could mean that there are other factors that are causing you to use a lot of energy.
It’s natural to see an increase in your bill during the winter, as heating your home uses more energy than cooling it. However, leaking window seals and poor insulation may also be contributing to a higher monthly bill.
A Bigger HVAC Is Better
In a previous blog, we discussed a few things you should keep in mind when buying a new HVAC system. One thing we mentioned was buying the right sized unit for your home. While you may be under the impression that a larger system will be more efficient, the truth is that a unit that is too large for your home doesn’t work hard enough, therefore you’re wasting energy. Before you purchase a new unit, have a professional come and measure your home so that you know the right size for your HVAC system.
Closing Vents In Unused Rooms Will Save Energy
It seems like a logical conclusion to close the vents in unused rooms to save energy. Unfortunately, closing the vents leads to unbalanced air pressure, which can cause your HVAC system to work too hard. Your HVAC works by creating balanced air flow throughout your home in order to provide an even temperature. When you close off vents in one room, it creates unbalanced pressure in the vents with nowhere to escape. This results in air seeping out the seams and your system working in overdrive.
These are just a few common myths when it comes to your HVAC system. If you have any questions about the proper maintenance and care for your system, don’t hesitate to call our HVAC company. Our HVAC contractors have years of knowledge and experience to provide you with anything you need. Call us today to schedule an appointment!