Whether you’re a new homeowner or still learning how to best maintain your home’s HVAC system, there is a lot of information out there that can be confusing and just plain wrong. Here are four common myths about HVAC systems we want you to know:
Myth #1: The biggest HVAC system is always the best.
The truth is, bigger is not always better when it comes to which HVAC system will be best for your home. Units that are too large for a smaller home will inefficiently run and will struggle to properly remove humidity. Call an HVAC professional to come out and help determine the best size for your home and HVAC needs.
Myth #2: You only need to change your filter once a year.
Whether you believe this to be true or you just forget to change your filter, you’re making a big mistake! The recommended time to change your filter when your system is in use is every 30-60 days. This is especially true for pet owners, who often have a lot of dander and fur that gets into the filters. Changing your filter regularly will keep your system running efficiently, and avoid costly repairs and polluted air. Certain filters will last 6 months to a year, but they are higher-end specialty filter systems.
Myth #3: You don’t need maintenance unless your HVAC system is broken.
Like most cars or machines, you need regular maintenance to avoid unexpected issues. An HVAC system is no different and having it maintained can help avoid unnecessary, expensive and inconvenient problems, as well as lengthen the lifespan of your unit.
Myth #4: Adjusting the thermostat up or down is the best way to keep your home comfortable.
There are a number of factors that contribute to your home’s temperature and comfort. While the thermostat is the main control board, your home might never reach the set temperature if the system is not working properly. If your home has air leaks or needs new insulation, it will have a difficult time staying cool or heating up. Scheduling regular maintenance will help identify these issues before they cause a costly bill or uncomfortable environment for you and your family.