With it being April Fools’ Day, it is easy to get caught up in the current of simple jokes and pranks throughout the day. While the origins of this day remain shrouded in mystery, and no one knows just exactly when it started, many worldwide partake in this day to enjoy some harmless fun and lighthearted laughter. However, as your trusted heating and cooling professionals, we aim to approach this day differently. At Washington Court House Heating & Cooling, we focus on honesty and transparency and instead want to use this day to bust some HVAC myths. With the abundance of HVAC information available online, distinguishing fact from fiction can be daunting. Rest assured, we are here to assist in navigating through common misconceptions together. 

Myth 1 – “You Can Install Your Thermostat In Any Place”   

One false HVAC belief is that the thermostat’s location doesn’t matter. While some may assume its location is irrelevant and plays no large role in the matter, this is not the case Why is that? The thermostat gauges and reads the temperature in your home and coordinates with the HVAC system to regulate the air. So, consider this scenario: If the thermostat is situated near a heat source, in direct sunlight, or in a draft-prone area like close to a window or exterior door, it could provide inaccurate temperature readings to your system. This discrepancy will then disrupt the airflow of your HVAC system. So, improper placement can confuse the system and result in operational issues. 

Instead, it is recommended that homeowners ensure their thermostats are positioned on interior walls, away from heat sources or drafty areas. Avoid placing them near windows or exterior doors; hallways are usually ideal locations. If you are considering installing a new thermostat or relocating an existing one from an unsuitable spot, it is advisable to consult a certified professional. 

Myth 2 – “You Can Set the Temperature Lower/Higher So It Will Make Your HVAC System Work faster”     

Another common belief is that adjusting your thermostat to extreme settings speeds up the heating or cooling process. However, HVAC systems typically maintain a consistent airflow rate regardless of how low or high you adjust the temperature. Therefore, altering the temperature settings does not expedite the comfort level in your space. In fact, this practice merely wastes energy by overshooting the desired temperature to something you don’t need. Instead, you should set your preferred temperature and allow your HVAC system to efficiently regulate the indoor climate at its own pace. 

If you encounter this issue frequently and desire precise temperature control at specific times, consider investing in a smart thermostat. This device enables temperature adjustments via your phone, ensuring comfort upon your return. It can even be synchronized with your daily routines to regulate temperature based on your schedule. Avoid unnecessary waiting! 

Myth 3 – “You Don’t Need to Change Your Air Filters Frequently”   

Changing your air filters is crucial. Despite some misconceptions, regularly replacing your HVAC system’s air filters is vital. Let’s debunk this HVAC myth because adhering to a schedule of filter changes is paramount and highly advantageous. Your system consistently operates to maintain airflow throughout your home. Air filters act as barriers against harmful particles and dust that could infiltrate and disrupt your system. Moreover, removing these contaminants from your home elevates your home’s IAQ (indoor air quality). So, neglecting these issues can significantly impact your indoor air quality and potentially harm your HVAC system. 

To address this, it is important to replace your air filters every 1-2 months, as recommended per industry standards. As a homeowner, you can ensure safety and well-being by consistently maintaining the replacement of air filters. 

Myth 4 – “You Don’t Need to Keep Up With Your Seasonal Maintenance Checkups and Tune-ups”   

Unfortunately, many individuals also underestimate the significance of preventative maintenance. While it may appear to be just another standard business practice, it is truly crucial to prioritize the care of your HVAC units, even in the absence of apparent issues. Your air conditioning and furnace systems are intricate machinery that operate continuously to maintain your home’s comfort levels. Regular maintenance and tuning are essential to ensure their optimal functionality and longevity. 

As a homeowner, you should make both your units are adequately prepared for the varying weather conditions each season. Therefore, you must make it a point to maintain a schedule for annual furnace check-ups in early fall and annual AC check-ups in late spring or early summer. Additionally, staying vigilant with these inspections helps maintain the validity of your equipment manufacturer’s warranty. Sounds like a no brainer to us! 

Don’t fall prey to these common HVAC myths. We hope this HVAC blog has provided clarity and guidance on maintaining your home’s HVAC system and keeping it in optimal condition. We know that distinguishing between the truths about HVAC care can present challenges, but rest assured, we are here to support you with accurate information. Looking for additional HVAC care advice? Feel free to explore our other informational blog posts! 

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