Today’s modern conveniences include air conditioning which is a system invented in the early 1900’s. Tennesseans will attest the summer months are long and hot! But, it’s easy to stay cool when you have an HVAC unit in the house. Owning one isn’t cheap, and there are a lot of myths flying around about how you can save on energy and maintenance costs. As HVAC experts, we wanted to break down these myths to help you keep your unit working effectively.
Myth 1: Ceiling Fans Reduce Temperatures
It’s a common misconception, but the truth is ceiling fans don’t actually change the temperature of the room. One of the reasons it’s widely suggested as a method to keep rooms cool is the moving air. As air moves across the skin, it feels cooler but doesn’t necessarily mean that the heat is dissipating. Save some money on your electricity bill and turn the ceiling fan off when you aren’t using it.
Myth 2: Bigger Units Are Better
If you’re in the market for a new unit, you’ll be facing a lot of choices. But, don’t be fooled by the size. The AC unit should be chosen in proportion to the cubic capacity of your home. A large unit will pump too much cold air into the house which will require a lot of monitoring to keep the temperature appropriate. If you find one that is too small, you will have to concern yourself with the idea that it will have to work harder to cool more space than it’s designed for.
Myth 3: Let Your HVAC Run Its Course
Installation of a new HVAC unit is expensive, but that doesn’t mean you should forgo the investment. An AC unit that isn’t working correctly won’t cool efficiently which means it will consume more energy, cost more in repairs, and eventually leave you in the lurch. Usually, when you need it the most. A good rule of thumb is to replace every ten years.
Myth 4: Set Your Thermostat to the Lowest Temperature and the Room Will Cool Faster
When it starts to heat up inside, you’ll want to utilize your HVAC to keep you comfortable. Setting the thermostat a couple of degrees lower than what you want doesn’t help cool the room faster. Most units have fans that are on a set speed replacing hot air with cool. Lowering the temperature doesn’t make it work faster, but it does help waste energy. If you are concerned about getting the room comfortable and quickly you’ll want to set it on High.
Myth 5: You Can Install an HVAC Unit Anywhere
There is some truth to this statement. As long as it can run successfully, your unity can be placed anywhere, but it’s not recommended. The unit is going to sit outside. If placed in direct sunlight it will mean that your unit will have to pump a little harder to get your home cool. Anything you can do to improve the functions of your air conditioner the better because it will ensure a longer life. The best results for your AC is the north or east side of the house.
Myth 6: Clean the Air Filter Once a Year
If having a high-performing air conditioner is important to you than you will want to clean the filter quarterly. It will help remove the accumulation of dust or debris that could affect the way the machine runs.
Myth 7: You Can Close the Vents in Rooms You Don’t Use
We wish we could say this is helpful, but it’s not true. The fan inside your system is going to pump a certain amount of air regardless of whether or not you have vents opened or closed. It might be more helpful to keep the registers open, so your system works seamlessly.
Myth 8: Air Conditioning Can Make You Sick
The common cold is a virus that needs human contact to spread. It’s not possible to catch a cold through the use of your air conditioning system. The unit does, however, collect dust and dust mites. When turned on it can send these allergens into the air which can trigger an allergic response.
Myth 9: HVAC Units are Just Air Conditioners
Today’s modern technology has helped developed HVAC machines that can both heat and cool the home. No longer are you required to have separate units or an alternate method to warm up the house. Today, you can just flip a switch and get the most out of your system.
Myth 10: Inspections are Only Needed When Something is Wrong
We’ve already talked about the ten-year lifespan for your unit, but if you want to maintain integrity throughout that time, you will want to conduct regular HVAC inspections. Inspections are preventative steps that will help you catch problems before they turn into major issues. Regular check-ups and filter changes will help your system run well year-round and not choke up when you kick it on during the first heat wave or cold snap.
Ready to get more from your HVAC system? Contact Busy Bee today and schedule an HVAC inspection to ensure your unit is prepared for these colder temperatures.