Mythbusting Part 2: HVAC Facts and Myths
Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to making decisions about your heating and cooling system. Learning how your system works, and how to take care of it, can help you make smart decisions for your home, budget and the environment. Unfortunately, there are many HVAC myths floating around that lead homeowners astray. Here are some common myths and the HVAC facts you need to know.
#1: Regular Maintenance is Optional
In some ways, taking care of your HVAC system is like taking care of yourself – you shouldn’t skip annual well checks and only go to the doctor when you’re terribly sick. Regular maintenance is important to keep your system operating efficiently, because having an efficient system will help you save on monthly bills. In addition, cutting corners will cost you eventually when you pay for costly repairs. Instead, schedule annual maintenance to keep your system running in good condition and stay ahead of any major problems.
#2: You Need to Check Your Air Filters Once Per Year
How often you change your air filters depends on your specific situation, but you definitely need to do it more than once per year. Changing them once every three months is a good rule of thumb, but you may want to do it even more often if you have pets who shed or a family member with allergies. In that case, you might want to change them every month. Not sure whether it’s time to switch them out? You can also tell whether an air filter is full by just looking at it. If it looks gross and full of dust, it’s time to change it.
#3: A Bigger System Equals More Powerful Cooling
Contrary to popular belief, bigger isn’t always better when it comes to your HVAC system. The reason? Having a system that’s too big for your home can:
- Cost a lot to run
- Cycle on and off too often
- Ultimately shorten the lifespan of the unit
Instead of choosing the biggest, most powerful unit, focus on finding the one that’s the RIGHT SIZE for YOUR home. You don’t need to figure it out on your own – consult the experts to find the unit that’s best for you.
#4: Brand Matters When Choosing a New System
While many brands pitch themselves as the best in the business, not all heating and air systems include the same comfort features. You’ll want to find the right HVAC system for your home, budget and lifestyle. Before sealing the deal, it’s a good idea to ask questions such as:
- Has your home been cold enough during summer and warm enough in the winter?
- How long do you intend to keep your house? Have you considered investing more money in your equipment now to save money in long-term energy costs?
- Do you want the ability to create different temperatures in different rooms throughout your home?
- Does anyone in your home suffer from asthma, allergies or dry skin? Do you have pets in your home?
- Are you concerned about the environment?
Helpful features you want to look for may include a Wi-Fi thermostat, an integrated humidifier, weather protection features or the ability to create multiple heating and cooling zones. Carrier systems are among the best heating and cooling systems available, with several comfort, cost and environmental benefits. Click here to learn more Carrier HVAC facts.
The HVAC Facts You Need to Know
Want to make the best, most informed decisions for your home? From annual maintenance to troubleshooting or installing a new unit, Barineau Heating and Air Conditioning is here to help you every step of the way. Call or message today – or check out our blog for more helpful resources.