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HVAC Myths Aug 23
by Macy

Debunking Common HVAC Myths

As homeowners, we rely heavily on our HVAC systems to keep our indoor spaces comfortable throughout the year. However, along with this reliance often come a slew of misconceptions and myths that can impact the way we use and maintain these systems. Here is a closer look at common HVAC myths; debunked: 

Myth 1: Closing Vents in Unused Rooms Saves Energy

One of the prevailing myths is that closing vents in rooms you’re not using will help save energy. While it might seem logical, this practice can actually strain your HVAC system. Modern HVAC systems are designed to maintain a specific balance of air pressure throughout your home. Closing vents disrupts this balance, leading to increased strain 

on the blower motor and potentially causing energy consumption to rise. Instead of closing vents, consider using a programmable thermostat to adjust temperature settings when rooms are not in use.

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Myth 2: Cranking the Thermostat Cools/Heats the Home Faster

Many people believe that setting the thermostat to an extreme temperature will cool or heat their home faster. In reality, HVAC systems work at a consistent rate regardless of the thermostat setting. Setting the temperature excessively high or low will only lead to overshooting the desired temperature and wasting energy. It’s best to set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature and allow the system to work efficiently.

Myth 3: Regular Maintenance Isn’t Necessary

Some homeowners think that as long as their HVAC system is working fine, there’s no need for regular maintenance. However, neglecting maintenance can lead to decreased efficiency, higher energy bills, and even costly breakdowns. Regular maintenance, including changing air filters, cleaning coils, and inspecting components, is crucial to ensure your HVAC system operates optimally and has a longer lifespan.

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Myth 4: Ceiling Fans Cool a Room Better than AC

Ceiling fans are fantastic for circulating air and creating a breeze, making you feel cooler. However, they don’t actually lower the temperature in the room. Remember, fans cool people, not spaces. If you leave a ceiling fan on in an empty room, you’re just wasting electricity. To save energy, turn off fans when you leave a room.

Myth 5: Closing HVAC Vents Solves Temperature Imbalances

If you’re dealing with hot or cold spots in your home, it’s tempting to close vents in rooms that are too warm or cold. However, this can lead to the same pressure imbalances mentioned earlier, causing strain on your system. Instead, focus on identifying the underlying causes of temperature imbalances, such as inadequate insulation, leaks, or poorly sized ductwork. Addressing these issues will have a more lasting impact on comfort.

Myth 6: DIY Repairs Are Always Cost-Effective

While it’s great to be handy around the house, HVAC repairs are best left to professionals. Attempting DIY repairs without proper knowledge can worsen the problem and may even void your warranty. HVAC systems are complex and require specialized training to diagnose and fix issues accurately. Investing in professional repairs will save you time, money, and ensure the longevity of your system.

Debunking these common HVAC myths helps us make better decisions for our homes, our comfort, and our wallets. Remember that proper HVAC care involves regular maintenance, informed operation, and relying on professionals when necessary. 

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