Oh the internet—where you can find information on literally everything there is to know. But, that doesn’t always mean the information you’ll find is true. And it can create some pretty big problems when you’re faced with, and believe, false information. For instance, you can type in a question about any important appliance in your home, and receive a bunch of helpful “tips” and “hacks.” This is one of the reasons that misconceptions about HVAC systems have spread widely to homeowners.
Most of the misconceptions about HVAC systems have been around long before the widespread availability of the internet, but they’ve become more prevalent today. What’s dangerous about them is that they can actually lead you to paying more for your HVAC systems month-to-month, instead of actually saving you time and money. Keep reading as we bust a few of the most common myths there are.
Myth #1: Your Air Filter Only Needs to Be Changed Once a Year
Nope. Many homeowners mistakenly believe that the air filter is only there to protect their indoor air quality, so if they aren’t experiencing symptoms of poor air quality, they don’t need to change the filter. However, your HVAC system air filter is actually there to protect the inside components of your heater and air conditioning units. The filter gets clogged up with debris, which can impact the HVAC system in such a way that efficiency drops and components begin to suffer. Depending on the type of air filter you have, it should be changed every 1-3 months.
Myth #2: Closing Your Vents Will Save Money
We understand why you might believe this. If you have an unused room, you could close a vent and it will prevent wasted energy, right? Unfortunately, closing room vents does not save you money—it can actually damage the ventilation system.
Your system’s blower fan doesn’t work any less when vents are closed, but doing this does increase pressure within the ductwork. The heightened pressure will lead to the blower fan running for longer—which wastes energy rather than saving it!
Myth #3: You Don’t Need Maintenance
Your annual maintenance appointment is when our technicians fully inspect, clean and adjust your HVAC system. This allows your system to run as effectively and efficiently as possible. Without regular maintenance, you could find yourself facing costly repairs and even premature system breakdown.