When it comes to HVAC advice, not everything you hear is true. Don’t fall for these 4 myths about your air conditioning unit.
If you hear something enough, you may begin to believe it is true. When it comes to HVAC advice, however, not everything that you hear is true. Unfortunately, there are some things that some homeowners accept as fact, even when the ideas are not based on truth.
To keep your air conditioning unit running in top shape, your energy costs low and your home cool this summer, don’t succumb to believing these 4 myths about your air conditioning unit and how to operate it.
Myth: Varying the Temperature Is a Waste of Time
The Truth: In the past, varying the temperature of your air conditioning unit when you were away might not have been worth the effort, however with all the new thermostats available to program ahead of time, or even from your smartphone, it is wise to increase the temperature when you are going to be gone for an extended period.
The small savings might not seem like a lot, but over the lifetime of an air conditioning unit, those savings can really pile up.
Myth: Regular Maintenance Is Just a Suggestion
The Truth: No one wants to pay for something they don’t need, so many homeowners believing that regular maintenance is just a suggestion, opt out of it. The truth is that regular maintenance is a must for homeowners.
Maintenance is not only an excellent way to catch a minor problem before it becomes a major problem, it can also increase the longevity of your HVAC system. If you don’t have someone checking on your system, then you are almost guaranteed to experience break down that can be very costly. Wouldn’t you rather pay a small amount for the assurance that everything is running smoothly?
Myth: The Size of Your Unit Isn’t That Important
The Truth: One of the most important things that will determine both the efficiency and the lifespan of your air conditioning unit is the appropriateness of its size. If you have renovated or if your unit is getting old, it is time to upgrade.
When you do upgrade, make sure that the size is appropriate for your square footage. If your unit is too small, it will be working overtime, increasing your energy bill and putting more wear and tear on your unit than it can handle for the long term. If it’s too big, you will be paying for something unnecessary. Have an HVAC technician determine which unit is right for your home.
Myth: Cranking down the Thermostat Will Help Your Home Cool down More Quickly
The Truth: If you turn your thermostat down dramatically, it isn’t going to make your unit work any faster than if you just turned the thermostat to the temperature at which you wanted your house to register. If you put it at an unrealistic temperature, you run the risk of forgetting about it. Just set it to where you want it, and it will eventually get there.
Don’t be fooled by these HVAC myths! Just because something is said often does not make it true. Before you opt to skip your maintenance, crank your air conditioner down as low as it will go or stop varying the temperature, speak with a qualified HVAC professional for real tips on how to save money on your heating and air conditioning costs. Call Hely Heating & Air Conditioning 24/7 at (636) 305-9555.