True or False? Uncovering the Most Common HVAC Myths

March 30, 2016

You rely on your heating and cooling systems keep your house at a comfortable living temperature no matter the season. To keep them running smoothly all year long, it’s no secret that your HVAC systems require regular maintenance and proper care. You may know this to be true, but what else do you know about the heating and cooling systems in your home? There are a lot of facts to learn about the standard systems to ensure they work to the best of their ability. How well do you know your HVAC system? Take this true/false quiz to test your knowledge!

True or False: You don’t need a ceiling fan if you have an air conditioning system in your home.

Answer: False! Many homeowners turn to fans to cool off their space if they don’t have an AC unit, but did you know that your ceiling fan or free-standing fan can actually help your AC unit work better? These fans circulate cool air quicker to bring down the temperatures in your home on the hottest of summer days. However, a higher-efficiency, newer AC unit won’t need the help from a fan! You can use fans to help your AC unit until you invest in a more-efficient model.

True or False: HVAC systems will last a lifetime.

Answer: This one’s false as well. Even the best HVAC systems have a finite lifespan. However, if you keep up with proper maintenance and repairs, your heating and cooling systems can last 12 to 15 years! If you notice your units are getting old and are not functioning as best as they could, it may be time to replace them. Take a look at your current systems to determine their age and give us a call if they’re at the end of their capacity.

True or False: You should change your air filters at least once every 3 months.

Answer: True. You should be replacing your air filters about every 60 to 90 days. For the sake of your family’s health, you need to change your filters regularly to dispose of the allergens that they catch. It’s easy to change your filters; doing so will ensure the longevity of your heating and cooling systems and keep your air clean.

True or False: Setting the thermostat to an extreme temperature will help heat/cool your home faster.

Answer: False! Modern HVAC systems work at the same speed no matter the temperature. If you want to heat your home quickly, cranking the unit up to 90 degrees won’t warm you up any faster. Set your thermostat to the desired temperature or you may strain your system and run a higher-than-expected energy bill.

As common as HVAC systems are, there is a lot to learn. To keep your systems running as efficient as possible, rely on a qualified and trusted repair team. You can count on the experts at Ed Tschetter’s Heating and Cooling to handle any of your HVAC needs!

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