The 5 Biggest HVAC Myths

Have a HVAC system? You’ve probably picked up tricks and tips over the years on how to get the most out of it. You might have been advised by your parents, your neighbor, or even the last maintenance guy you had round. These tricks you’ve learned, however, might be damaging to your system.

It’s difficult to know what facts about HVAC are true and which ones do more damage than good. But, there is help at hand! We’re here to debunk five of the biggest myths about HVAC and make sure you can keep your system running to peak performance, as long as possible.

1. You Only Need To Change Your Filter Once A Year

If you’ve only been changing your filter once every year, then you might be in for a bit of a shock.

A lot of people believe this myth to be true, and you can’t really blame them. Changing a filter only once a year sounds completely believable. Except it’s not true and can cause damage to your HVAC system and your health.

If you’re using your HVAC system daily, it’s a good idea to change your filter every 30 days or so. If you have pets, you may want to consider changing it even more regularly.

Clean filters help prevent dust, dirt, hair, and other small particles from entering your home – which will help you breathe easier and let your system do its job more efficiently.

2. The Bigger Your HVAC System Is, The Better

Unfortunately, bigger isn’t always better, especially when it comes to an HVAC system.

In fact, if your system is too large for your home it will be more of a hassle looking after it and it won’t keep your home as clean and cool as it should do.

If a HVAC is too large for your property, it may struggle to remove humidity from your home – causing your home to get damp which means it’ll be more susceptible to mold and rot. This is why it’s important to have a professional scope out and fit your home with an HVAC system that’s the perfect size.

3. Your HVAC System Doesn’t Need Maintenance Unless It’s Broken

Do you wait until your car breaks down on the side of the road to call a mechanic? No, of course not. You go to your mechanic for regular check-ups and services to make sure your car is in top condition. The same should happen with your HVAC system.

It’s important to get your HVAC system checked over on a regular basis. If you don’t get it looked at regularly, you might run into bigger problems down the line that could turn into expensive fixes or even lead to the need for a replacement.

By getting your HVAC system checked and maintained by an HVAC service technician, you’ll have a better chance of catching any problems before they become major and end up costing more down the line.

4. Air Leaks Are Easy To Find

You would think an air leak should be easy to spot around your home, but sometimes even the larger leaks are hard to find.

You might not notice a leak in your HVAC system during day-to-day use, but they’ll waste energy and make your system incredibly inefficient – which means a high electricity bill at the end of the month.

Remember to ask your service technician to check for leaks the next time you’re getting regular maintenance check-ups. This will ensure that your HVAC system won’t run into any problems in the future and continues to run smoothly and efficiently.

5. The Best Way To Heat/Cool Your Home Is To Adjust The Thermostat

Thermostats are simply regulators that send instructions to your HVAC system. They let it know when to turn on and off, and they let it know what temperature you’d like your room to be at.

Your HVAC system will not work harder or faster if you raise or lower the thermostat. Just like an elevator won’t come quicker, the more you press the button, an HVAC system won’t work faster, the more you mess with the thermostat.

If your HVAC doesn’t reach the temperature you want, it might not be working properly. It may have air leaks which will need to be fixed by a technician. You should also make sure that your home is well insulated so that your cold or hot air doesn’t escape.

At Home by NP, we want to make sure you stay cool in the summer and toasty in the winter.  We have specialists who know everything about HVAC systems and will make sure that your air conditioning unit is in perfect working order all year round.
We offer all kinds of tune-ups and services for your HVAC systems and can provide you with a professional service, so you don’t overheat in the sun.
Give us a call on (703) 497-9187 to schedule your appointment today.