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Myths About HVAC

5 Myths About HVAC Services

When things are working well around your home, it's easy to forget about your HVAC system. You should think about it a little more often. It can help you keep your system running and avoid ruining your home's comfort. Here are five common myths that keep many people from maintaining their HVAC systems.

Myth 1: Updating your filters once a year is enough

Homeowners often change the filters in their HVAC system once a year. This isn't enough. Your system will work much better if you change the filter every 3 months. We recommend changing it every 30 days if you have shedding pets. Frequent filter changes can also help keep the air in your home cleaner. It also helps reduce the presence of certain allergens.

Myth 2: The bigger the HVAC system, the better

If you're building a new home or replacing an outdated HVAC system, you may think a bigger system is better. In truth, a system that is too large for your home will increase your energy usage. It will also decrease the efficiency of the HVAC system. An oversized air conditioner will cool your home quicker. Then, it will shut off rather than running shorter but more frequent cycles. This allows the humidity level in your home to build. This will make you uncomfortable between cycles.

Myth 3: If it isn’t broken, don't fix it

You do not want your heating system to fail in the midst of a blizzard. You also don't want your air conditioning to go on the fritz during a heatwave. That may happen if you don't have your HVAC system cleaned and inspected on a regular basis. A small HVAC inspection bill now can prevent a larger repair bill later.

Myth 4: You can find air leaks yourself

It would seem that a large air leak would be easy to find. That's not always the case. Leaks can hide almost anywhere and can reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system. It's always better to have a qualified HVAC technician search your system for leaks. They can do this during cleanings or service calls.

Myth 5: Crank up the thermostat

If your system isn't getting to the temperature you want it to be, don't think the thermostat will fix the problem. Poor insulation, air leaks, and HVAC damage can make it hard to get you to the temperature you want. It's best to find and fix the issue. This is better than setting your thermostat to 65 degrees in the summer when you want 70.

Don't let these myths stand between you and an efficient, effective HVAC system. Call Harwich Port Heating and Cooling to learn more about how you can get the most from your HVAC system.