Thursday, September 12, 2019

Common HVAC Misconceptions You’ve Probably Believed

Your heating and cooling unit is something you rely upon on a regular basis. Whether it’s the heat of the summer or the frigid winter months, you likely have your HVAC running throughout many of the months of the year. With something many rely heavily upon to stay comfortable, there are always tips and myths floating around. As the best HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks, we’ve heard a lot of things about HVACs that are simply not true. Royal Heating & Air is here to help bust some of those myths in this week’s blog.

Misconception #1: Close vents to save money.

There’s this common misconception that if you close air vents in rooms you hardly use you’ll save money. The truth is, no matter if vents are closed or not, your HVAC system will use the same amount of energy. Closing vents in unused rooms to get more air in used rooms couldn’t be further from the truth. Closing off vents can cause many problems for your HVAC system. Keep in mind that your HVAC system was designed for a certain number of vents and space. In order to keep your HVAC system running as it should, it’s important to keep all vents open.

Misconception #2: A programmable thermostat isn’t worth the money.

This type of thermostat can help you program the temperate you want at different times throughout the day. If you are consistently gone throughout the day during the week, don’t waste energy on keeping your home comfortable. Lowering a few degrees when no one is home can help cut back on your cost, therefore saving you money in the long run.

Misconception #3: The bigger the air conditioner, the cooler your home will be.

The size of the unit does not equate to the level of comfort your home will have. Each home is different, and each home needs a properly sized cooling system. If your unit is too big for your home, not only will your operating costs be higher, the unit won’t function properly. The most common issues with the wrong sized system is frequent cycling on and off, high humidity, and poor distribution.

Misconception #4: Leave ceiling fans on when you leave to cool your home.

A ceiling fan will cool down any bodies in the room, but it won’t actually cool down the room itself. You feel cooler with a ceiling fan on because it is blowing cool air around and it feels cool against your warm skin. Think of it as a cool outdoor breeze. Ceiling fans usually make you feel around 5 degrees cooler, but it won’t do anything for your room once you leave. When you’re home, you can set your thermostat a few degrees higher while running the ceiling fan. When you leave, don’t forget to turn off the ceiling fan to help save on energy costs.

Misconception #5: HVAC maintenance is a waste of time and money.

You invested a lot of money in your HVAC system and it’s extremely important to keep it performing at its best. Having maintenance done on your HVAC system twice a year will help prolong the life of your equipment and it will reduce the need for costly repairs in the future. When your unit is functioning efficiently, it will keep your home comfortable no matter the weather.

As we mentioned, having your HVAC system maintenance at the Lake of the Ozarks is an effective way to catch issues before they lead to major repairs. Contact Royal Heating & Air to schedule your routine maintenance today!

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