HVAC Myths Busted

It’s April Fool’s Day, but since we aren’t in the business of making fools out of anyone, we’ve got our heart on setting certain things straight for our valued customers. So, welcome to Beavercreek Heating & Cooling’s quick guide for debunking HVAC myths and countering them with the best practices for your HVAC system. In the realm of the HVAC world, misinformation abounds, making it crucial to separate fact from fiction. Whether you’re a homeowner, business owner, or HVAC enthusiast, navigating through the sea of information is essential. Join us as we unravel the truths, explore industry best practices, and avoid falling prey to HVAC myths this April Fools’ Day.    

Myth – Air Filters Don’t Really Need to be Changed That Often   

If this isn’t your first rodeo with us, then you know this to be, of course, false! Air filters are an essential component of any HVAC system and should be changed regularly, typically every 1-2 months. When you neglect to change your air filters, it can lead to a host of issues, such as reduced airflow, increased energy bills, and even system breakdowns. Not changing your air filters is like not getting an oil change for your car; it may seem insignificant, but it can, indeed, produce long-term consequences.  

Counter This Myth with Best Practices: Set reminders for yourself to ensure your air filters are changed on time. Additionally, consider investing in high-quality air filters that can help improve indoor air quality and protect your HVAC system from dust and debris buildup.  

Myth – Higher Temperatures will Make Your House Colder Faster  

Many believe that setting your thermostat to a significantly higher (or lower) temperature will heat (or cool) your house more quickly. However, this is yet another HVAC myth, as most residential HVAC systems deliver air at the same constant rate, regardless of the temperature setting. So, this means that when you crank the thermostat up or down, it won’t make your HVAC system function any faster. The air will still be blown out at the same rate, and the temperatures will still be reached in the same amount of time. In fact, when you enforce this myth, you are simply wasting energy by letting your home reach an excessive temperature you do not need.

Counter This Myth with Best Practices: For optimal efficiency and comfort, set your thermostat to your desired temperature and give your system time to reach it gradually. Consider installing a programmable thermostat that can automatically adjust temperatures based on your schedule, providing both convenience and energy savings.   

Myth – Thermostat Placement Does Not Matter  

This is yet another false HVAC myth. The placement of your thermostat can absolutely make a significant impact on the accuracy and efficiency of your HVAC system. Placing it in a location that is too close to heat sources, direct sunlight, or drafts can result in false readings and uneven temperatures throughout your home, ultimately leading it to push out air at an incorrect rate.  

Counter This Myth with Best Practices: Have your thermostat placed in a central location on an interior wall, away from any direct heat sources or drafts. If necessary, consult with your HVAC technician for the best placement for your specific system and home layout.  

Myth – Preventative Maintenance Doesn’t Really Matter   

This last one couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s false because preventative maintenance is crucial for the longevity and efficiency of your HVAC system. Regular maintenance checks can prevent unexpected breakdowns, optimize performance, and even extend the life of your system. Think of it as a health checkup for your HVAC system because catching issues early can save you from costly repairs down the line. Plus, when you stay up to date with your preventative maintenance checkups, your warranty from the manufacturer will remain valid. 

Counter This Myth with Best Practices: Schedule annual service appointments with a licensed HVAC technician. Typically, you should be scheduling one seasonal checkup for your AC in the spring or early summer and one seasonal checkup for your furnace in the fall. These checkups will include cleaning components, checking for any wear and tear, and ensuring the system operates efficiently. This proactive approach can lead to significant savings over time and ensure your system is ready for each season.  

Don’t let yourself be fooled with wrong information! While HVAC myths may seem harmless, they can lead to costly mistakes and even damage to your HVAC system. By understanding the facts and implementing industry best practices, you can ensure the longevity, efficiency, and comfort of your HVAC system. Don’t be fooled by these common misconceptions; instead, trust in the expertise of your local NATE-certified technicians from Beavercreek Heating & Cooling. Looking for more tips to keep your system in tip-top shape, check out the rest of our informational blogs!

Keep cool (or warm) and myth-free all year round with Beavercreek Heating & Cooling! Call us today at (937) 708-8527, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!