Obliterating HVAC Misconceptions
Effectively running and maintaining your HVAC system is a crucial priority for every home owner. Not only does air conditioning help to offer a more comfortable environment for you and your family, but it can also help to circulate cleaner air – thereby reducing allergens and toxins in the home. While most people appreciate their HVAC system, there are numerous misconceptions surrounding these systems that can have an impact on the efficiency of your system.
Heating and air conditioning isn’t a topic that most people are highly educated about. For most of us — the only information we need is how to keep our systems working well, and reduce the costs of energy. However, if you’re working off myths in organizing your air conditioning service, then you may not be spending your money wisely, or getting the most out of your HVAC. Following are just some of the most common things people get wrong about HVAC.
Myth 1: People Who Can Handle Heat Don’t Need Air Conditioning
Numerous people convince themselves that if they can handle the heat in summer, they don’t need an effective HVAC system. However, the truth is that open doors and windows aren’t a reasonable alternative to proper air conditioning; as fresh air is let in, it can’t be circulated properly around the home. Technological developments in the recent decades have made air conditioning systems more effective than ever. They aren’t only available to help you cool down your home during the summer, but the included heat pumps mean that the right HVAC system can maintain comfort in your property all year around. Winter heating and summer cooling are all controlled through a single panel, making temperature management a breeze.
Myth 2: Over Cranking the Thermostat will Change the Temperature Faster
It’s easy to get home after a long day and turn to the thermostat in a desperate attempt to warm up a freezing home or cool yourself down after too much expose to the summer sun. However, it’s important to know that your thermostat is a regulator that can instruct your HVAC system when it should turn off and on according to the temperature you want your building to maintain. In other words, it’s not going to work any harder if you raise it drastically, or lower it, just in the same way that setting an alarm clock won’t make time move faster.
Myth 3: The Bigger the Unit, the Better the Results
When it comes to air conditioning, don’t assume that size is everything. Purchasing a bigger system could mean that you’re wasting your money. Instead of upgrading the size, think about purchasing an efficient, newer unit. Also, make sure that you’re getting tune ups — a clean air conditioner will always run more smoothly, and last longer than one that you fail to maintain.
Myth 4: Routine Maintenance Isn’t Necessary
Too many people run on the “if it’s not broke” mindset when it comes to keeping their HVAC system in good working order. Just as you wouldn’t continue driving your car for miles without replacing the brake pads, or changing the oil, you shouldn’t keep using your HVAC without any routine service and attention. HVAC units need regular maintenance — just like any other technology, and just because your system looks and sounds fine doesn’t mean it doesn’t need checking. Ongoing maintenance helps to ensure that small problems don’t mutate into huge ones, and this will save you time and money in the long-run.
Myth 5: A High-Efficiency HVAC Will Instantly Decrease Your Bills
One of the most common misconceptions that people have about HVAC systems, is that all they need to do to save cash is switch to an energy-efficient unit. Although to some degree, using an energy efficient unit can make a huge difference, it’s also important to remember that there’s a lot more to think about when getting your system to run at its optimum standard. For instance, you’ll need your HVAC to be installed and maintained by a professional to ensure it’s giving you the most for your money. What’s more, you may need help sizing the right air conditioner before installation, as one that is too small or too large may fail long before its expected lifespan ends.
Myth 6: Air Conditioning Is Bad for the Environment
Some of the earlier air conditioning models on the market had problems with environmental sustainability — just like old fashioned cars and refrigerators. However, like other technology, the HVAC technology has since evolved, and now their benefits outweigh their environmental costs. After all, a good air conditioning system can increase comfort and productivity, reduce illness, and lower the usage of less efficient cooling and heating systems such as portable heaters and desk fans.
For over 45 years, Bob Jenson has been providing quality heating and air services to the San Diego community.
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