Common HVAC Myths Busted

Myth: Closing Air Vents in Unused Rooms Saves Energy

Many homeowners believe that closing air vents in unused rooms will save energy by reducing the workload on their HVAC system. However, this is a myth. Modern HVAC systems are designed to distribute air evenly throughout the entire duct system. Closing vents can create an imbalance in the system, forcing it to work harder and potentially leading to increased energy consumption and wear and tear.

Myth: Bigger HVAC Units are Always Better

While it may seem logical to assume that a larger HVAC unit will provide better cooling and heating, this is not necessarily true. An oversized unit will cool or heat a space too quickly, leading to frequent cycling on and off, which wastes energy and puts unnecessary strain on the system. The key is to have an HVAC installation that is properly sized for the square footage and insulation levels of your home.

Myth: Constantly Adjusting the Thermostat Saves Energy

  1. Adjusting the thermostat frequently does not save energy and can actually waste it.
  2. HVAC systems are designed to maintain a consistent temperature, and frequent adjustments force the system to work harder to reach the new set point.
  3. It’s best to set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature and leave it alone.

Myth: Air Conditioners Only Cool the Air

While the primary function of an air conditioner is to cool the air, it also plays a crucial role in dehumidifying the air. Air conditioners remove moisture from the air, helping to maintain comfortable humidity levels and preventing issues like mold growth and musty odors. Proper air conditioner repair and maintenance are essential to ensure this dehumidification function works correctly.

By understanding and debunking these common myths, homeowners can make informed decisions about their HVAC systems, ultimately saving energy, reducing costs, and extending the lifespan of their equipment.