On April Fool’s Day, Bexley Heating & Cooling is here to set the record straight for our valued customers, debunking HVAC myths and sharing true and best practices. In the world of HVAC, separating fact from fiction is crucial. There is certainly a lot of misinformation out there! So, no matter who you are, if you are interested in keeping your system in tip-top shape, navigating through correct information is key. Join us as we uncover truths, explore industry best practices, and steer clear of the most common HVAC myths this April Fools’ Day. 

Myth 1 – Air Filters Don’t Need to be Changed That Often 

If you are a long-time customer with us, then you likely know this is false! Air filters are crucial for any HVAC system and should be changed regularly per industry standards. We always say they typically need to be changed out every 1-2 months. Neglecting to change them can cause issues like reduced airflow, higher energy bills, and system breakdowns. Not regularly changing air filters is akin to skipping an oil change for your car; it is seemingly minor but leads to long-term consequences. 

Best Practices: To maintain optimal indoor air quality and safeguard your HVAC system, it is recommended to set reminders for timely air filter changes every 1-2 months. On top of that, investing in high-quality air filters can further enhance indoor air quality and protect your HVAC system from dust and debris buildup.  

Myth 2 – Higher Temperatures Make Your Home Cool Faster   

This myth is a common misconception. Setting your thermostat to a significantly higher temperature won’t cool or heat your house more quickly. Most residential HVAC systems deliver air at a constant rate, regardless of the temperature setting. Consequently, cranking up the thermostat results in excessive cooling and higher energy bills, not faster comfort. 

Best Practices: For optimal efficiency and comfort, go ahead and set your thermostat to your desired temperature and allow your system time to reach the set temperature on its own terms. This is the most energy-efficient method. Furthermore, installing a programmable thermostat that can automatically adjust temperatures based on your schedule offers convenience and energy savings. 

Myth 3 – Thermostat Placement Doesn’t Really Matter 

This is yet another HVAC myth to dispel. The positioning of your thermostat can indeed greatly affect the accuracy and efficiency of your HVAC system. Placing it too near heat sources, direct sunlight, or drafts can actually lead to inaccurate readings and inconsistent temperatures in your home, causing the system to distribute air incorrectly. 

Best Practices: To ensure optimal thermostat placement, position it centrally on an interior wall, away from direct heat sources or drafts. For personalized guidance on the best placement for your specific system and home layout, seek advice from your HVAC technician. 

Myth 4 – Preventative Maintenance Isn’t That Important   

This final point couldn’t be more accurate. It’s incorrect because preventative maintenance is essential for the durability and efficiency of your HVAC system. Routine maintenance inspections can help avoid unexpected breakdowns, enhance performance, and prolong the lifespan of your system. Consider it a health checkup for your HVAC system, as detecting issues early can prevent costly repairs later on. So, just like you shouldn’t go years without seeing a doctor, the same goes for your HVAC units. Plus, when you stay up to date with your preventative maintenance checkups, your warranty from the manufacturer will remain valid. 

Best Practices: To maintain optimal performance of your HVAC system, it is recommended to schedule annual service appointments with a licensed technician. Typically, one seasonal checkup for your AC in the spring or early summer, and another for your furnace in the fall. These checkups involve cleaning components, checking for wear and tear, and ensuring efficient operation. This proactive approach can result in significant long-term savings and ensure your system is well-prepared for each season. 

While HVAC myths may seem harmless, they can result in costly mistakes and even damage to your HVAC system. Don’t let these false myths make a fool out of ya! Understanding the facts and following industry best practices are key to ensuring the longevity, efficiency, and comfort of your HVAC system. Avoid falling for common misconceptions; instead, rely on the expertise of your local NATE-certified technicians from Bexley Heating & Cooling. Stay informed about your HVAC system and its needs with us! Interested in more HVAC care tips? Feel free to check the rest of our informational blogs out!

Keep cool (or warm) and myth-free all year round with Bexley Heating & Cooling! Call us today at (614) 924-7856, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here