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Knowledge is power. With the right information, anyone is able to make the right choices. Alternatively, incorrect information can cause anyone to make bad choices. It is unfortunate that there is a lot of misinformation out there. So many people believe in myths which blind them from the truth. This includes some homeowners who have been misinformed about HVAC services or heating and cooling maintenance. As such, they haven’t been making smart decisions when it comes to their heating and air conditioning units.

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5 Main Myths About HVAC Services

This article mainly focuses on HVAC service myths and system maintenance every homeowner must be aware of.

Myth 1: You Only Need To Replace The Air Filter Once Per Year

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There are people who have been misinformed and they firmly believe that changing the HVAC air filter at least once a year is enough. This couldn’t be any further from the truth. Heating and cooling air filters must be replaced every quarter or even every month if you want your unit to run smoothly. Of course, this depends on your home and the factors that influence the condition of your filter.

The filter plays a very important role when it comes to indoor air quality. The function of the filter is to catch unwanted particulates like pet hair, pollen, dust, and more. This means that a well-functioning filter will improve indoor air quality. You and your loved ones will not have to worry about respiratory conditions such as asthma and allergies. But in order for the filter to work efficiently, it needs to be replaced as soon as it has a considerable layer of dirt. If it is not replaced frequently, it will affect the quality of air in your home.

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Myth 2: The Bigger The HVAC Unit, The Better

It probably makes sense to some people that if they install a big HVAC system, they will get the most out of that unit. But this is not true; that is not how HVAC systems work. It is very important that you choose the right-size HVAC unit for your home. If you install a huge air conditioner in a small room, you will risk short cycling the unit, resulting in quick wear and tear. The system will also be unable to minimize indoor humidity. If you want to prevent early replacement, make sure that you consult an HVAC expert for accurate sizing.

Myth 3: You Don’t Need HVAC Maintenance Work Unless The System Is Faulty

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HVAC manufacturers always provide maintenance guidelines that homeowners must follow. Unfortunately, some people do not think that following those guidelines is necessary, especially if the unit seems to be working as it should. To such people, spending money on regular maintenance is a waste of money. They are only willing to part with their hard-earned cash when the machine breaks down. But those guidelines were put in place for a reason. If your unit is serviced by a professional on a regular basis, you will actually prevent expensive system breakdowns.

Therefore, it is actually cheaper to maintain the unit as opposed to fixing it when it breaks down. You might also be under the impression that, should the system malfunction, you can simply take it back to the manufacturer as the manufacturer is mandated to honor the warranty. But if the manufacturer’s prescribed maintenance schedule was not adhered to, the manufacturer can refuse to honor the warranty. So, make sure that you contact an expert HVAC contractor to carry out tune-ups at least once every year.

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Myth 4: Spotting Air Leaks Around The House Is Very Easy

HVAC units use a lot of energy to give you the desired temperature. But air leaks can develop in the system, causing some of the heated air to escape. This means the system will be forced to work even harder to give you the desired temperature. The only solution is to find the gaps, holes, and cracks that are causing the air to escape and then seal them up. Unfortunately, they are very hard to find. You can try to find them, but the chances that you will succeed are very limited. You need a professional with a trained eye and specialized tools to find the leaks in the ductwork and the rest of the house.

Myth 5: The Thermostat Alone Can Be Relied On To Regulate Indoor Temperature

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The main function of the thermostat is to sense ambient temperature and control the unit’s operation. All you have to do is to input the settings that you want and it will do the rest. The thermostat is in most cases quite reliable. But there are cases where it does not perform optimally. For instance, if it is located close to a window, direct sunlight can affect its readings during the day. Also, if there are too many air leaks in your home and bad insulation, this will also affect the functioning of the thermostat. For the best performance of the thermostat, contact an HVAC technician so that s/he can carry out regular maintenance.

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Conclusion

Myths come about when people do not fully comprehend how things work. The more correct information you get about heating and cooling systems, the less you will be a victim of these myths. If you are not certain about something, simply ask your reliable HVAC technician for advice.

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