Maintaining an HVAC system is no easy feat, especially with plenty of myths floating around. From thermostat location to energy efficiency, there’s a lot of information to sift through, but don’t sweat it. When it comes to HVAC myths, we’ve got the facts to filter them out.
Myth #1: An energy-efficient HVAC system will reduce your energy bills.
Reality: While an efficient HVAC system is absolutely necessary for reducing energy bills, it won’t reduce your bills on its own. Your home needs strong window seals and ample insulation in addition to an efficient system for you to really see a difference. Keep window coverings open in cooler months to harness natural heat and have them closed in warmer months to stay cool.
Myth #2: Turning your AC off while away from the house wastes energy.
Reality: Many people believe that leaving your air conditioning on or turning it to a higher temperature when you’re not using it is better than turning it off entirely. In reality, shutting your system off when you’re away during the day tends to save more energy. Many programmable thermostats, like the Nest, are available to turn your AC off when you leave and back on before you arrive, helping to save energy and keep you comfortable.
Myth #3: Thermostat location doesn’t affect your HVAC system.
Reality: Where you place your thermostat can actually shut your HVAC system down too early or cause it to stay working for too long. Avoid proximity to air vents, radiators, windows, and direct sunlight. Also, consider avoiding areas with an abundance of appliances, such as the kitchen, that frequently warms up. Ideally, your thermostat should be on an interior wall in a room where you and your family spend the most time.
Myth #4: Filters should be changed once a year.
Reality: It’s actually considered best practice to clean your filter every month the system is in use, or as directed by the manufacturer. Otherwise, it can become dirty and clog the HVAC system, ultimately reducing airflow. You may need to clean it more frequently if you or your family has allergies or pets. For bonus points, consider having your home’s air ducts cleaned. Clean air ducts prevent dust and other contaminants from entering your home so you and your loved ones can breathe easier.
Myth #5: HVAC systems don’t require regular maintenance.
Reality: Like any intricate piece of machinery, your HVAC system needs annual maintenance. Even if you doubt there are any issues with your system, it’s important to have it inspected and serviced regularly to make sure it’s operating at peak efficiency and will be ready when you need it most.
While it’s good to know how to manage your HVAC system yourself, it’s also helpful to know when to call the pros. At BelRed Energy Solutions we help you achieve the best energy savings and our expert technicians are ready to assist with heating and cooling repair, air conditioning installation, and more. Contact us today!