There’s a lot of “common knowledge” out there when it comes to in-home comfort systems. Unfortunately, a lot of what you may have heard is inaccurate, and a part of the misinformation regarding HVACs. Misinformed can lead to improper HVAC use, which could potentially cost yourself in short and long term scenarios.
Professional Maintenance Doesn’t Make A Difference
There’s simply nothing like having a professional HVAC maintaining your system, and make sure it’s running smoothly. Professional maintenance can reduce the cost of your monthly energy bill, eliminate the need for a repair, and elongate your system’s functional life. These are things the average homeowner lacks the skill or time to do.
We always suggest that homeowners invest in HVAC maintenance because we believe it is essential for homeowners. To do everything we can for the people we serve, we offer maintenance plans to make sure they get the most out of the HVAC!
Air Filters Don’t Matter
A lot of HVAC owners underestimate the value of a clean filter. A clean filter can save you up to 15% on your monthly energy bill. As time goes by, a dirty air filter will not be able to hold new particles as well as it used to. This results in particle build up inside your ductwork, and air pollutants to continue circulating throughout your home.
Changing your air filter is one of the best things an HVAC owner can do optimize their unit. It saves energy immediately and makes your system’s life easier which benefits it’s long term lifespan.
Closing Vents Saves Energy
Closing your vents in the unused rooms of your home is a bad idea. The way your HVAC works is that it senses the airflow inside the ductwork and uses that to determine how much air needs to be circulated. Closing your air vents increases the air pressure, which reduces the airflow.
Once your HVAC senses a decrease in airflow, it increases its work rate to meet the need. So essentially, you’re tricking your HVAC into working harder by closing a vent, because it thinks the air is not flowing as much as it should. So, always keep your vents open to save energy.
Thermostat Use Does Not Matter
Through proper Thermostat use, you can save as much as 10% on your heating and cooling bill. The bigger the building, the more you will save so if you own a business follow this advice! Simply put, if you can match the temperature on the inside of your home, to the outside while you’re out of the house, you can save money.
It keeps your system from working hard while you are out of the home. So before you leave for work, set your thermostat to about 78°F during the summer, and 68°F during the winter to keep your HVAC from wasting energy. If you have a programmable thermostat, it gets even better, as you can program your thermostat to make your home comfortable before you get home!
Fans Can Cool Me; I Don’t Need To Use My AC
Unfortunately, while a fan can make you more comfortable by creating an indoor breeze, and the illusion of a cool temperature, they cannot cool your home. That applies for the winter as well, can you imagine a fan keeping you warm during the winter? Absolutely not. There is simply no cooling or heating power behind an indoor fan, so if the air in your home is hot or cold, a fan will only circulate that air at its current temperature.
If you want to cool or warm up and be comfortable in your home, you need an HVAC system and nothing less.
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