As warmer weather approaches Jeffersontown, KY, it’s time to start thinking about getting the most out of your HVAC system. But a surprising number of homeowners believe widespread myths about their systems — are you one of them? Let’s examine some of the most common myths surrounding home HVAC systems.
1. Routine Maintenance Is a Waste of Money
If you’re interested in saving money, you might think there’s no need to schedule routine maintenance for your HVAC system. After all, plenty of homeowners believe that if they aren’t experiencing any issues, there’s no need for a professional assessment.
However, with regular HVAC maintenance, one of our experienced professionals will be able to catch smaller issues well before they become catastrophic. Plus, a regularly maintained HVAC system is likely to help you save on utility bills.
2. A Larger HVAC System Always Means More Efficient Cooling
You might think that a larger system will always cool your home more efficiently. However, the most efficient heating and cooling comes from a system that is appropriately sized for your home.
If you have a too-large system, it’s likely to cycle on and off quickly, which can make your indoor air overly humid. A too-small system will likely be running nearly all the time, which can run up your utility bills. If you’re in the market for a new HVAC system, we would be happy to help you find the right size for your home.
3. Turning Your Thermostat Very Low Cools Your Home Faster
Plenty of people believe that turning your thermostat down to a very low temperature will result in your home cooling down much more quickly. Unfortunately, this is also a myth.
The system cools your home at a constant speed. The setting on the thermostat just instructs the system to work until it reaches the set temperature. Plus, setting it very low adds more wear and tear to the system’s compressor, which can lead to issues over time.
4. Closing Vents in Unused Rooms Speeds Cooling Efficiency
This is a common myth — many homeowners think that by closing vents in some rooms, more cold air will direct to rooms they’re using. Many also think that this is an especially efficient way to cool a home.
However, this method is actually very inefficient. When you close vents, pressure increases in the system, and over time, the vent seams in the ducts can crack. The cracks can widen over time and make your system progressively less efficient.
5. Windows Are to Blame for Cooling Loss
You might have heard that windows are responsible for homes rapidly losing heat in the winter and losing cool in the summer. This is true to an extent. However, the greatest heating and cooling loss comes from inadequate insulation in your home’s walls and ceiling.
That isn’t to say that you should ignore window issues — be sure to seal any leaks you see. And if you’re upgrading, energy-efficient windows may help cut down on utility bills. This is especially true if you have single-ply windows and can upgrade to double-ply or triple-ply windows.
6. You Should Only Change Your Air Filter Annually
Lots of homeowners believe this myth, but for optimal filtration, it’s a good idea to change your filter at least every other month. If you have pets, it may be wise to change them more often. And if it’s difficult to keep up with routine air filter changes, your HVAC professional can include it in your system’s regular maintenance.
Whether you suspect you may have a problem with your system or just need a tune-up before the hottest part of summer hits, KLM Heating & Cooling can help. We’ve been keeping customers comfortable since 1997, and we’d be happy for you to join our family. Give us a call today.