There is endless information online about heating and cooling systems. Although this information has some truth, it can be tricky to separate fact from fiction with so many different opinions and sources.
But don’t fret! Cook Home Services is here to debunk these common HVAC myths, so you have accurate information on how to best maintain your units and keep your family comfortable.
MYTH: The bigger the air conditioning unit, the better.
FACT: Bigger HVAC systems do not automatically equate to a more comfortable home or better savings. Oversized units often mean higher utility bills because they use more energy to cool your home. They also can cycle on and off frequently, which leads to air distribution issues, making your home uncomfortable. Be sure to talk with an expert technician so they recommend a suitably sized system that will adequately cool your home.
MYTH: Ceiling fans reduce air temperature.
FACT: Ceiling fans are great for circulating air in the rooms throughout your home, but they do not reduce the air temperature. The circulated air on your skin disrupts the heat, making you feel cooler. All in all, ceiling fans are great for comfort, just be sure to turn them off when you are not in the room, so you don’t waste energy.
MYTH: Turning your thermostat all the way down will cool your home quicker.
FACT: Setting your thermostat to the lowest temperature does NOT cool your home any quicker. This is one of the biggest misconceptions that homeowners have about their HVAC systems. Turning your thermostat to the lowest possible setting causes the AC’s compressor to continue working until it reaches that temperature. This means you are not receiving cooler air faster, but your unit is working harder unnecessarily.
MYTH: Routine maintenance is not necessary.
FACT: Routine maintenance is one of the most important things you can do for your heating and cooling units. Even though repairs are not always needed at every check-up, regular maintenance ensures that minor problems don’t become more significant, costly problems in the future. Maintenance should be a non-negotiable if you want your HVAC to work optimally and have a longer lifespan.
MYTH: You only need to change your filters once a year.
FACT: Most air filter manufacturers recommend changing your filters every three months and more frequently if you have pets. Over time, filters collect dust, debris, dirt, and allergens that can sacrifice the air quality in your home. By keeping filters regularly changed, you are ensuring that you and your family are breathing in clean air year-round.