Heating and Cooling Myths: Understanding Your HVAC!
When it comes to keeping your home comfortable and energy efficient, your HVAC system plays a significant role. But with so many misconceptions about heating and air conditioning units, it can be challenging to figure out the best way to maintain and operate your system. From placing your thermostat in the right spot to changing filters regularly, there are a few myths we’d like to clear up so that you can enjoy the most comfortable and cool home on the Space Coast!
It’s time to uncover the truth behind these common AC misconceptions! Here are the top three air conditioning myths that we’ve heard from customers, family, and friends (and what’s really going on with your HVAC unit).
“It doesn’t matter where you put the thermostat in your house.”
Where you place your thermostat does make a massive difference in how well your air conditioner and heater function. If your thermostat (smart or otherwise) is located in direct sunlight or near large appliances or windows, it won’t be able to accurately sense the room’s temperature. It might read that your home is warmer or cooler than it actually is, causing your HVAC system to run too long or not long enough. Make sure your thermostat is in an area with a consistent temperature!
Avoid these spots when determining the best place to put your thermostat:
- In Direct Sunshine
- Near Exterior Doors or Windows
- By Large Appliances
- Under or Over Air Vents
- Near Standalone Heaters or Air Conditioners
“Lowering the temperature on the thermostat will cool the house faster.”
Setting your thermostat lower doesn’t make your home cool faster; instead, this can cause your HVAC system to run longer – wasting energy and money! And when your heating or cooling system is running unnecessarily, it also stresses the components (which can lead to repairs and replacements down the road).
While running the air conditioning at cooler temperatures will certainly help keep your home comfortable during those hot summer months, setting your thermostat lower will not help your home get cold faster.
If your house doesn’t reach your desired temperature no matter how long the AC runs, there’s something else going on – call a professional!
“I only have to change my air filter a few times a year.”
Many people don’t use reminders to change their air filter or think they only need to change it a few times during the year.
Air filters need to be changed more often than just a couple of times a year; most filters should actually be swapped out at least once per month (or even more depending on usage and pets in the house). A dirty filter makes it harder for air to circulate through your air conditioners, so your unit must work extra hard to keep air moving in your home.
Not only does this cause your AC unit to spend more time and energy running, but it also increases the wear and tear on the fans and internal components, lowering the lifespan of your system.
Clearing Up the Facts About Home HVAC
HVAC systems are a critical part of every home, especially in Florida. By understanding the three most common myths about HVAC, you can better learn how to care for (and run) your heater and AC all year long. Proper air conditioning use extends the life of your system and lowers your energy bills.
With these tips, you can have peace of mind knowing your HVAC is running as efficiently as possible!