Happy April Fools’ Day! While the exact origins of this day remain unclear, it is a tradition enjoyed by many for lighthearted amusement and the sake of laughs. However, as your trusted Middletown Heating & Cooling heating and cooling professionals, we wanted to take this opportunity to debunk some common HVAC myths and clarify any misinformation you may have previously heard. Because, after all, in the vast realm of online information, distinguishing facts from fiction can be daunting.   

HVAC Myth 1 – When Installing a Thermostat, Location Does Not Matter   

One prevalent HVAC misconception we often see is the positioning of the thermostat. More specifically, there is often a misunderstanding that the thermostat’s placement is not important. However, this is completely inaccurate. The thermostat functions as the temperature gauge within your home and serves as the primary interface that communicates with your HVAC system. It triggers your system to activate when needed while also managing the distribution and regulation of airflow. 

So, let’s think about it: if the thermostat is positioned in proximity to a heat source or drafty spot (I.e., a window or exterior door), it may result in inaccurate temperature readings, leading to inconsistent airflow and incorrect temperatures from the HVAC system. Therefore, installing the thermostat near direct sunlight, a fireplace, a heater, or draft-prone areas such as windows or exit doors can disrupt the system, causing avoidable complications. For optimal performance, it’s always best to position thermostats on interior walls, away from heat sources and drafts, like hallways. 

HVAC Myth 2 –When You Set Your Thermostat Lower/Higher, It Will Make Your System Work Faster 

Another common HVAC myth is regarding adjusting the temperature setting in homes. It’s often believed that raising or lowering the temperature significantly will expedite the heating or cooling process. However, HVAC systems typically regulate air distribution at a predetermined rate, irrespective of the temperature setting. This means no matter how high or low you set the temperature in your home, it will still cool or heat your home at the exact same rate.  In fact, doing so only results in unnecessary energy consumption by overshooting the desired temperature. The best approach is to set the thermostat at your preferred level and allow the HVAC system to function efficiently. 

One solution for frequent temperature control issues is to invest in a smart thermostat. This technology provides the convenience of adjusting temperature settings remotely through an application on your smartphone. This means you can ensure your desired temperature is set upon your return, eliminating any need to wait. 

HVAC Myth 3 – You Do Not Have to Change Your Air Filters Very Often 

If you have been reminded of it repeatedly, it is likely for good reason. The importance of changing your air filters cannot be overstated. Yet, there are still some who believe otherwise, assuming that frequent changes are unnecessary for HVAC systems. Let us clarify – regular air filter replacements are not only essential but also advantageous. 

Let’s consider this: air filters are incorporated within your HVAC system to effectively eliminate dust and other airborne particles from the air circulating in your residence. This prevents contaminants from entering both your HVAC system and your living space. Left unchecked, these minute particles can significantly impact the indoor air quality of your home. To effectively address this issue, it is advisable to replace your air filters every 1-2 months. Therefore, you should always make sure you prioritize safety and maintain a consistent schedule for replacing your air filters. 

HVAC Myth 4 – You Do Not Have to Keep Up with Your Regular Maintenance Checks 

We have reserved the most crucial aspect for the end – preventive maintenance. To clarify, we are referring to the annual seasonal inspections for your air conditioner and furnace. When was the last time you had your units serviced? Do you adhere to your preventive maintenance checks diligently, or do you only arrange an appointment when an issue arises with your system? We understand that it may appear to be a routine business practice to prompt you to schedule your seasonal inspections. However, it holds more significance than that.  

Your air conditioner and furnace are sophisticated units of machinery that operate continuously to maintain a comfortable living environment in your home. Just as we prioritize annual checkups for our own bodies’ health and regular oil changes and tune-ups for our vehicles, the same level of care should be extended to your HVAC system. There are numerous components that require inspection in an HVAC unit prior to its seasonal use. As a homeowner, it is crucial to ensure that it is primed for optimal performance and durability throughout the upcoming season. So, scheduling seasonal maintenance checks for your furnace at the onset of fall and for your air conditioning unit at the end of spring or the start of summer is recommended. Additionally, staying current with these checks ensures the validity of your manufacturer’s warranty! 

Hopefully, this HVAC blog has provided valuable insights and guidance on navigating decisions concerning your home and HVAC system. Distinguishing between reality and misconceptions regarding your HVAC system can present challenges. Rest assured; we are committed to serving you with integrity and openness. Interested in further exploring how to take care of your HVAC system? Feel free to explore our other blog posts! 

We hope to have gained your confidence and are committed to upholding it. Call Middletown Heating & Cooling for all your HVAC needs at (513) 268-3789, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here