5 HVAC Myths: Busted

As a homeowner, proper care of your heating and cooling system is critical for optimal performance and longevity. To help make sure your system stays in good shape, here’s the truth behind a few of the worst HVAC myths.

Myth: Routine maintenance and tune-ups are a waste of money

Truth: Like most complex machinery, your HVAC system benefits greatly from routine inspections and maintenance. Not only do spring and winter tune-ups keep your system running efficiently, they help detect and prevent potential problems that could cost you much more down the road.

Myth: You only need to change your filter once or twice a year

Truth: Filters can get clogged and dirty pretty easily. When they do, they force your system to work harder, which makes for higher bills and lower efficiency. In reality, you need to change your filters ever 1-2 months.

Myth: The position of your thermostat doesn’t affect performance

Truth: Believe it or not, the position of your thermostat matters a lot! If put too close to a vent, radiator, or window, it may shut off too soon or run for too long. This can wreak havoc on your system and lead to more frequent maintenance problems.

Myth: An energy efficient system will lower your bill

Truth: While an energy efficient system is a great start for reducing your bills, it’s not enough on its own. If you really want to see a difference on your monthly statement, your home needs airtight window seals and proper insulation.

Myth: Turning the air up saves energy

Truth: Many people mistakenly believe that turning your cooling system up (or turning your heating system down) when you’re not home is better than turning it off. This is not true. Turning your system off while you’re away is actually a better use of energy overall.

Sticking to these simple maintenance tips will go along way towards keeping your system health. But when you run into a problem that requires a professional, call Mr. Dan’s for fast, efficient, and quality service. From tune-ups to repairs to new installations, our HVAC team is ready to serve you today!