A lot of people have opinions on HVAC systems, and people will often give advice based on their own experience. Sometimes, it can be hard to know what’s true and what’s false when you’re hearing conflicting information. The last thing you want to do with such an important investment is to make a decision based on inaccurate information. The team at Comfort Experts wants to share our knowledge, so here are five myths we’ve heard and the facts you need to know!
Myth: A bigger HVAC system is always better.
Truth: Bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. In fact, making sure your HVAC system is properly sized is one of the biggest pieces of expert advice you may need. An oversized unit will likely keep your home warm and cool as needed, but is more prone to cycling on and off, creating high humidity in the home. This can also lead to leaking ductwork and poor air distribution. However, this doesn’t mean smaller is always better either- an undersized unit will run for too long and drive up the bill. A good HVAC servicer will assess your home to determine the best size unit for your needs.
Myth: Filters should be changed annually.
Truth: It’s actually recommended to change your filters once every 30 days to avoid clogging and a reduction in airflow. If you suffer from allergies or have pets, it may be useful to change your filters even more often to avoid issues. If you still experience clogging or issues from dander, having your air ducts clean can prevent the filter from filling up too quickly.
Myth: Windows cause most heating and cooling loss.
It is certainly true that windows can be a source of losing heat and cool air, especially if they are opened or have cracks. However, in most homes, much more heating and cooling loss is attributed to poor insulation in the walls or ceiling, and air leaks through the ceiling and roof. Windows may be easier to identify and repair, as you can caulk or otherwise seal open areas. However, an HVAC service technician will be able to more effectively check for leaks and ensure your system is running properly.
Myth: It takes more energy to heat a cold room than maintain temperature.
Some believe that a thermostat should be set to the same temperature throughout the day for this reason, however, that is not the case. It actually takes less energy to warm up a cold house than to maintain a consistent temperature all 24 hours of the day. Instead, using a programmable thermostat or reducing the temperature a few degrees while you are away from home can help reduce costs for both heating and cooling. You can also use window treatments like blinds or drapes to aid your HVAC system, letting sun in for warmth or blocking it out to keep cool.
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