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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. Thinking about it a little more often, however, can help you keep your system running smoothly and avoid interruptions to your home's comfort. Here are five common myths that keep many homeowners from properly 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, but this isn't enough. Your system will work much more efficiently and effectively if you change the filter every 3 months, or 30 days if you have shedding pets. Frequent filter changes can also help keep the air in your home cleaner and 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If you're building a new home or replacing an outdated HVAC system, you may think that a bigger system will work better. In truth, a system that is too large for your home will increase your energy usage and decrease the efficiency of the HVAC system. An oversized air conditioner, for example, will cool your home quickly and then shut off rather than running shorter but more frequent cycles. This allows the humidity level in your home to build and 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 or your air conditioning to go on the fritz during a heatwave. That may happen, however, if you don't have your HVAC system routinely cleaned and inspected. A small HVAC inspection bill now can prevent a larger repair bill later.

Myth 4: You can easily find air leaks yourself

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

Myth 5: Crank up the thermostat

If your heating or cooling system isn't getting the temperature in your house where you want it to be, don't assume that a simple thermostat adjustment will fix the problem. Poor insulation, air leaks and a damaged HVAC system can all make it difficult for your HVAC system to deliver your desired temperature. The best course of action is to find and fix the issue rather than setting your thermostat to 65 degrees in the summer when you're really aiming for 70.

Don't let these myths stand between you and an efficient, effective HVAC system. Call the experts at Harwich Port Heating and Cooling to learn more about ways we can get peak performance from your HVAC system.

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