HVAC maintenance myths aren’t as harmless as they might seem. Remember: Improper HVAC maintenance is just as bad as neglecting to maintain your HVAC System.
Here are some of the most common misconceptions about HVAC maintenance:
Air filters should be replaced once a year. As a rule, you should replace the HVAC filter every 30 days. However, if you have pets or allergies, you might need to replace it more frequently. If a clogged filter isn’t replaced immediately, you might experience hot or cold spots in your home (clogged filters hamper airflow and prevent your HVAC system from distributing air evenly). Not to mention, poor indoor air quality can cause allergy flare-ups.
HVAC maintenance isn’t worth the expense. Many homeowners fail to take into account the costs of not having their HVAC system maintained. No matter how you look at it, HVAC maintenance costs are miniscule compared to the expense of multiple repairs or even a new HVAC replacement. Remember: Routine residential and commercial HVAC maintenance is a must if you want to keep your HVAC unit running efficiently.
Cranking the thermostat up or down will heat or cool your home faster. Setting the thermostat to its lowest temperature setting won’t cool your home faster; neither will cracking it up to the highest setting heat it faster. It will just keep your HVAC system running longer and using more energy until the specified temperature is reached.
A larger HVAC system will cool your home faster. If you keep experiencing hot and cold spots despite the fact your HVAC unit has been well-maintained, it might be time to replace your unit. Keep in mind that a larger HVAC system isn’t necessarily more efficient than a smaller one. In fact, if an HVAC system is too big, it might have trouble controlling indoor humidity. That’s why it’s best to consult an electrician or HVAC contractor before choosing an HVAC replacement.
Here’s a pro-tip: Look for the ENERGY STAR® label when choosing a new AC or HVAC unit. Only HVAC units that have met the Environmental Protection Agency’s stringent performance standards are certified by the government program.
Broom Heating & Air Conditioning has been providing professional HVAC installation, repair and maintenance services to local residents since 1970. To request a quote, call us at (803) 754-9409 or fill out this form.