This April Fool’s Day, at Hilliard-Dublin Heating & Air, we are aiming to dispel common HVAC myths. No trickery here! Just a whole lot of truth. In a world where misinformation is abundant, we think it is quite necessary to make sure our valuable customers are provided with accurate information regarding their HVAC systems. False information can be rather challenging to navigate, but as your trusted local heating and cooling experts, we are here to help you distinguish fact from fiction and ensure the longevity of your HVAC system with proper methods and best practices. 

Let’s Bust the HVAC Myth: “The Lower or Higher the Temperature, the Sooner the Home will be Cooled (or Warmed) 

This common misconception often confuses many individuals. Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you urgently needed to adjust the temperature in your home, thinking that turning up the thermostat would speed up the process? Regrettably, that’s not how your thermostat and HVAC system operate. Regardless of the temperature setting, most systems deliver air at a consistent rate. Therefore, whether your thermostat is set to 50 degrees or 70 degrees, the airflow remains constant. In essence, adjusting the temperature beyond necessity only leads to energy wastage. 

Counter this misconception by simply setting your thermostat to your desired temperature. Then, allow your system to operate efficiently at its own pace. For a more energy-efficient and convenient approach to regulating your home’s temperature, consider the installation of a smart thermostat (if you don’t have one already). When away from home, you can adjust the temperature using your smartphone, eliminating the urgency altogether to rapidly cool or warm your living space. 

Let’s Bust the HVAC Myth: “The placement of the Thermostat is Not Critical” 

This one is another common one we see often. Thermostat placement is indeed a critical factor! Consider the placement of the thermostat carefully. Proper placement is crucial for effective communication with the HVAC system. You should avoid positioning it near heat sources like a heater, fireplace, or even in the direct line of sunlight. Drafty areas should also be avoided to prevent inaccurate temperature readings. Incorrect readings can disrupt the HVAC system, causing inconsistent temperatures in your home. 

Counter this misconception by ensuring your thermostat is positioned within an interior wall, such as a hallway, and far from heat sources or drafty areas. Moreover, if you lack expertise in thermostat installation, consider seeking advice from a certified HVAC technician for the task. 

Let’s Bust the HVAC Myth: “The Air Filters Do Not Require Frequent Replacement” 

Now, let’s address the air filter myth. For our long-term customers, you are probably familiar with the routine. We consistently emphasize the importance of regularly and punctually changing your air filters. Following industry guidelines, it is advisable to replace your HVAC air filters every 30-60 days. Despite this recommendation, many individuals neglect this practice, assuming frequent replacements are unnecessary.  

However, if you think about the continuous operation of your HVAC system throughout the week, filter changes are crucial. The primary role of air filters is to prevent dust and other airborne contaminants from entering your HVAC system and home. Maintaining high indoor air quality through air filters is vital for the effectiveness of your system and your well-being. 

Counter this misconception by adhering to the recommendation of changing your air filters every 1-2 months. You can also further enhance your home’s Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) by utilizing premium HEPA air filters. 

Let’s Bust the HVAC Myth: “Regular Maintenance Is Not Essential” 

We have chosen to address this myth last, as it is one of the most pervasive misconceptions. It is crucial to prioritize your preventative maintenance! While we cannot compel you to schedule your seasonal maintenance checks, they should not be viewed as optional. Just as you would not neglect your own regular check-ups, the same applies to your HVAC system. Your AC unit and furnace are intricate pieces of machinery that work tirelessly to ensure your family’s comfort. Regular professional inspections are essential to guarantee smooth operation and optimal performance. 

Counter this misconception by diligently adhering to your recommended regular maintenance checks. You should schedule a seasonal maintenance check for your AC unit once in the spring or early summer and another for your furnace in the fall. This practice will promote the longevity of your system and ensure that your units are adequately prepared to handle the upcoming season. Moreover, staying up to date with your seasonal maintenance checks helps maintain the validity of the warranty provided by your equipment manufacturer! 

Do not be misled by common HVAC myths; rely on the expertise of your local NATE-certified technicians from Hilliard-Dublin Heating & Air. Keep in mind, though HVAC myths may appear innocuous, they can lead to HVAC system damage, energy wastage, increased bills, and other costly errors that could harm your HVAC system in the long run. If you’d like to learn more about caring for your HVAC system, feel free to look through the rest of our informational blogs!

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