In a few more of our most recent posts, we’ve discussed why it’s important to keep from forgetting air filters when assessing your home’s HVAC needs. We’ve also highlighted the best ways to improve your air quality at home or at work. We’d like to keep with the trend of enlightening our readers regarding the world of cooling, heating, and HVAC systems more generally. Today’s post, as it turns out, is about debunking some of the most common HVAC myths out there. Before we dive into the meat and potatoes of this post, we’ll briefly describe who we are at Electric Masters and why you should consider getting your HVAC service needs handled by Electric Masters if you are in or around Cincinnati, OH, and Northern Kentucky.
Who We Are
First and foremost, we are licensed electricians with over 20 years experience. We have one goal in mind when it comes to performing the services of a reliable electrician: we will provide exceptional customer service while making sure all the residential and commercial electrical work performed is done right the first time — or you don’t pay!
Though we are known for our electrical services primarily, we are thrilled to be able to put our experience and skill to good use in a somewhat related field — heating and cooling. We offer HVAC services in Cincinnati that include HVAC installation (both commercial and residential), HVAC repair, and HVAC maintenance.
So, if your HVAC system is due for maintenance, keep reading this blog (to make sure you don’t believe any awful HVAC myths that have been widely spread), and then you should give us a call so we can make sure your home’s AC unit is running appropriately. Doing so will prevent the need for repairs, help you stay comfortable, protect your system’s warranty, improve your indoor air quality, and extend the life of your HVAC unit in the first place! Anyway you look at it, it’s a wise decision.
And so, with that knowledge in mind, consider the myth of “not needing to get your HVAC unit checked on” officially busted.
Shedding Light On Myths About HVAC Systems
To be fair, we aren’t 100 percent confident that “not needing to get your HVAC unit checked on” is a myth that genuinely has been spread far and wide. We would warrant, however, that we’ve seen a fair share of customers who need a brand new HVAC unit installed, or at least their current one repaired, because they failed to take the necessary preventative measures to safeguard their investment. HVAC machines require routine maintenance and upkeep.
Got it? Let’s move on!
Myth: Air filters don’t actually need to be replaced that often.
Truth: We bring up air filter replacement early because it’s vital to how well your HVAC system can run. Air filters do the unpleasant job of capturing all kinds of airborne pollutants and contaminants, such as dust, smoke, spores, allergens, and much more. Over time, the filter will need to be changed because there is simply only so much surface area available to do the trapping. When these filters get clogged, the HVAC unit has to work much harder in order to pump cool or hot air into your home or place of business. Not only can this negatively impact energy usage (not to mention, next month’s bill), but it can wear down your HVAC unit far too quickly.
Myth: Anyone can replace an air filter on their own.
Truth: Look, we get it. There are plenty of folks out there with a penchant for DIYing, and even some of you are actually capable! We kid, of course, but the fact of the matter is that it does take some industry knowledge when it comes to replacing air filters in your HVAC unit. While the complexity might vary from system to system, only an HVAC professional will be able to diagnose any issues your system might be having (i.e. HVAC maintenance).
Myth: Air filters only need to be swapped out annually.
Truth: The fact of the matter is that there is no singular rule to follow for swapping out your air filters. While the “once per year” rule might well be appropriate for your system, at the end of the day it depends on variables that include the age of your system, the size of the house or business, how often it is being used due to the local climate, and more. Your trusty HVAC professional from Electric Masters will be able to tell you exactly how often you should be replacing your HVAC unit’s air filters.
Myth: Turning your thermostat all the way up or down will help it heat or cool more quickly.
Truth: In truth, your HVAC unit can only heat or cool at one speed. So it will take the exact same amount of time to heat or cool whether you crank your dial all the way or not. Your thermostat is designed to regulate the temperature of your indoor environment, but it has no way of influencing how quickly you are able to change the temperature from hot to cold or vice versa.
Myth: It’s not important where your thermostat is placed.
Truth: Your thermostat only takes the temperature of the area within its immediate vicinity. This means that if you happen to be in the unfortunate position of having your thermostat located in a room that is excessively hot or cold, it isn’t a good representation of the actual temperature of the majority of your home. That’s why it’s always a good idea to place your thermostat in a neutral site, avoiding regions that are more outliers than anything else, such as laundry rooms, sun rooms, and the like.
Myth: Closing vents in unused rooms is a good way to save energy and money!
Truth: In fact, closing an air vent doesn’t do much good, since the air is still being treated and pumped toward that room, whether you close the vents or not. Closing the vents might actually do some damage as well, since the air won’t be able to escape the ducts. This can lead to structural damage to the ducts due to the pressure that has been built up there. If you have a wealth of unused rooms you wouldn’t mind being untreated, one solution is to get an HVAC system with partitioned climate control. This will give you the control you are looking for in terms of being able to set which rooms get airflow and which do not.
Myth: Starting an HVAC system takes up more energy than it does to run it.
Truth: Wrong. Who knows where this myth came from! Turning on an HVAC system requires very little power in the first place. But when you compare that smidgen of power to the energy it takes to keep your unit running night and day, you can see why it’s such a preposterous idea. So, don’t shut off your HVAC system when you are going out of town. It’s a really bad idea to do this in the winter as well, as your pipes might freeze and then burst!
Repair, Replacement, Or Maintenance? We Can Help
We do hope that you’ve enjoyed this myth-busting exercise. Most people believe in one or two of these myths simply because they do not know any better. But, seeing as you have been enlightened, you no longer have such an excuse!
You know that your HVAC system requires maintenance, otherwise you have frequent repairs and even replacements to look forward to.
In our next post, we will discuss when it’s appropriate to replace your HVAC system, when it’s appropriate to get repairs, and why considering a service agreement makes sense for a lot of homeowners. In the meantime, if you are in need of Cincinnati HVAC service, reach out to us at your convenience! We’d love to hear from you.