HVAC Myths

featured hvac mythsSome homeowners may not be aware of how exactly HVAC systems operate, and this allows many myths to fly around and make some Sonoma County residents confused.

If we think something will help us, or save us money, even if it comes from unreliable sources, many of us will believe it and even try it out.

Nonetheless, most of these myths are just that, myths, and following them can cause damage to your HVAC systems. That’s why we decided to talk about some of the biggest HVAC myths and bust them, once and for all!

Myth 1: No need for regular maintenance, there’s nothing wrong with my HVAC!


Here’s the truth.

We are advised that we go to a regular check-up with our doctors to make sure our health is fine and prevent any possible diseases that are not yet showing major symptoms. The same concept goes for your HVAC system,

These systems need regular maintenance so that a professional will check on the many parts the system has, such as coils, motors, belts, etc., and catch the issue, before they become a more expensive repair.

Always make sure that the person who does your maintenance is properly trained and licensed.

Myth 2: Going all the way down on your thermostat will cool your home faster!


The truth is, it won’t.

Here’s the thing, based on the temperature you want to maintain, your thermostat will send information to the main system which will get turned on/off based on that information. Turning your thermostat all the way down will not affect how fast your HVAC system cools down your home.

Myth 3: Filters should be changed only once a year!


Try every quarter.

When it comes to your HVAC filter, you should practice cleaning it every month when the system is in use to reduce the dirt and clogs, enabling better airflow throughout your home.

Consider changing your filter not once, but a few times a year, especially if you have pets. If you want to change it less often, you can consider installing an air purifier.

Myth 4: The bigger the HVAC system, the better!


Going too big can waste your money.

Your HVAC system’s size should depend on the size of your home. If you get a system that is too big for your home, it will make the situation worse as your system will keep on cycling on and off which will result in not only costing more money, but it will also shorten the lifespan of the unit.

So it is important that you buy a system that corresponds to the size of your home – bigger is not always better.

Myth 5: Energy-efficient HVAC automatically reduces my electricity bill!


Not necessarily.

While switching to the energy-efficient HVAC system is a good start towards reducing your bill, the truth is, your HVAC is not the only one that influences the bill.

If you have leaky window seals and/or poor insulation, your HVAC system won’t be very effective in reducing the bill as these other elements will make things more complicated.

If you want to save on bills, make sure your windows are properly insulated besides switching to the energy-efficient system.

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