HVAC Myths Busted

Apr 1, 2024

Hey, it’s April Fool’s Day! While we don’t play pranks, let’s debunk some HVAC myths together. Sorting fact from fiction can be tricky because of all the HVAC misinformation out there. As your trusted local heating and cooling professional, Grove City Heating & Air is here to help you understand how to keep your HVAC system running smoothly for years. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s uncover some HVAC truths together! 

1. HVAC Myth – If You Set Your Thermostat Higher or lower, It Will Warm or Cool Your Home Faster 

So, here’s the deal with this myth – ever found yourself in a rush to cool (or warm) your home quickly, cranking up the thermostat thinking it’ll speed things up? We hate to burst your bubble, but that just won’t do the trick. This is false, as most HVAC systems usually pump out air at a steady pace, no matter the temperature setting. So, whether the thermostat is set at 50 or 70 degrees, your system still operates using the same airflow. The bottom line is that adjusting it too high or too low just wastes energy.  

Debunk this myth by just setting your thermostat to your preferred temperature. Then, kick back and let your system work at its own pace. For a more energy-efficient and convenient way to control your home’s temperature, think about getting a smart thermostat if you don’t already have one. When you’re away from your house, you can adjust the temperature from your smartphone before returning home. This added convenience eliminates the need to rush the cooling or warming of your home altogether!   

2. HVAC Myth – If You Are Installing a Thermostat, Its Placement Does Not Matter 

Thermostat placement – does it really matter? We’ve seen some DIY setups with thermostats in odd spots! But the truth of the matter is, where you place it does count. Your thermostat’s job is to communicate with your HVAC system, telling it when to kick in, circulate, and regulate the air. So, if your thermostat hangs out near a heat source like a sunny window, fireplace, heater, or drafty spot such as a door or window, it’s going to mess with the temperature readings and give you false information. When this happens, it feeds incorrect readings to your HVAC system, things get wonky, and you end up with uneven or incorrect temperatures in your home.  

Debunk this myth by ensuring your thermostat is placed on an interior wall, like a hallway, and away from heat sources or drafty spots. If you’re not experienced in installing thermostats, consider consulting a licensed HVAC technician for the job. 

3. HVAC Myth – If You Don’t Want to Change Your Air Filters Regularly, Then You Don’t Need To 

Alright, let’s talk about the air filter myth. If you’ve been with us for a while, you probably know the drill. Regular air filter changes are necessary! We always stress the importance of changing your air filters regularly and on time. According to industry standards, it’s best to switch out your HVAC air filters every 30-60 days. Some folks skip this, thinking it’s not a big deal. But consider this: your HVAC system runs all day, every day. It’s there to keep your system and home free from dust and other particles. Ultimately, air filters play a key role in maintaining high indoor air quality, which impacts both your system’s health and yours! 

Debunk this myth by switching your air filters every 1-2 months as recommended. You can also enhance your home’s IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) further by using top-notch HEPA air filters.   

4. HVAC Myth – If You Don’t Want to Schedule a Maintenance Check, You Don’t Have To     

We saved this myth for last because, honestly, it’s one of the most common ones, but it’s super important to keep up with your preventative maintenance. Let’s face it; while nobody can MAKE you schedule your seasonal maintenance checks, they really shouldn’t be seen as “optional.” Just like you wouldn’t go years without visiting a doctor – the same goes for your HVAC system. Your AC unit and furnace work hard around the clock to keep you comfy, so it just makes sense to have a professional check on them regularly to ensure all is well and fine-tuned.   

Debunk this common misconception by staying on top of your regular maintenance checks as advised. Typically, homeowners should aim to schedule a seasonal maintenance check for your AC unit once in the spring or early summer and one for your furnace in the fall. This practice helps prolong the lifespan of your system and ensures your units are ready to tackle the upcoming season. A bonus tip: Keeping up with these checks also maintains the warranty from your equipment manufacturer! 

Don’t fall for these common HVAC myths! Rely on your local NATE-certified techs at Grove City Heating & Air. Keep in mind that while some HVAC information may seem harmless, more often than not, it can lead to system damage, wasted energy, higher bills, and costly mistakes that could harm your HVAC in the long run. If you’d like to learn more information about preventative maintenance and HVAC care tips, check out the rest of our information blogs!  

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