On April Fool’s Day this year, Kettering-Oakwood Heating & Air is dedicated to debunking common HVAC myths and shedding light on the truth about HVAC systems. During a day when many fall into the age-old tradition of pulling simple pranks, we wanted to take advantage of today to help you overcome the sea of misinformation. As your trusted local heating and cooling experts, we are here to guide you through separating fact from fiction.  

Busted! – The HVAC Myth Where People Believe the lower or Higher the Temperature, the Quicker the Home Will Cool Down or Warm Up 

This first myth can be misleading for many. Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you urgently needed to cool down (or warm up) your home, so you cranked up the thermostat, hoping it would work faster? Unfortunately, that’s not how your thermostat and HVAC system operate. Most systems distribute air consistently regardless of the temperature setting. So, whether your air is set to 50 degrees or 70 degrees, it will still maintain the same airflow rate. In essence, adjusting it beyond the necessary range only leads to energy wastage.   

Stay away from this myth by simply setting your thermostat to your preferred temperature. Then, relax and allow your system to regulate itself efficiently. For a more energy-efficient and convenient way to manage your home’s temperature, consider installing a smart thermostat if you don’t already have one. When you’re not home, you will have the convenience of adjusting your home’s temperature using your smartphone before you return. This eliminates the need to quickly cool or warm your home! 

Busted! – The HVAC Myth Where People Believe the Thermostat Placement Isn’t Vital 

The placement of the thermostat is crucial. However, unfortunately, many believe that it doesn’t matter. Proper placement of your thermostat ensures effective communication with the HVAC system for optimal air distribution and regulation. When a thermostat is placed near a heat source such as direct sunlight, a fireplace, a heater, or drafty areas like exit doors or windows, it can skew its temperature readings. These inaccurate readings can confuse your HVAC system, causing temperature inconsistencies in your home. 

Stay away from this myth by ensuring your thermostat is positioned within an interior wall, such as a hallway, and far from heat sources or drafty areas. Consider consulting a licensed HVAC technician if you lack experience in thermostat installation. 

Busted! – The HVAC Myth Where People believe the Air Filters Do Not need to be Changed So Often 

Now, addressing the air filter myth. For our long-term customers, this might sound familiar. We consistently stress the importance of timely air filter changes, following industry guidelines every 30-60 days. Despite this, many individuals underestimate the necessity of frequent replacements. Your HVAC system operates all day, every day, throughout the week to prevent dust and airborne particles from entering your home. Remember, air filters maintain high indoor air quality, which is crucial for the health of your system and yourself! 

Stay away from this myth by adhering to changing your air filters every 1-2 months as recommended. You can set timers to remind yourself, too. Furthermore, you can also enhance your home’s IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) by opting for top-notch HEPA air filters. 

Busted! – The HVAC Myth Where People Believe that Seasonal Maintenance Is “Optional”     

We saved this myth for last because, frankly, it is one of the most common ones, but keeping up with preventative maintenance is crucial. While no one can compel you to schedule your seasonal maintenance checks, they should not be considered optional. Just as you wouldn’t go years without seeing a doctor, the same goes for your HVAC system. Both your AC unit and furnace are intricate pieces of machinery crucial for keeping you and your family comfortable 24/7. Regular professional inspections ensure they operate smoothly and are finely tuned! 

Stay away from this myth by staying on top of your regular maintenance checks as advised. It’s recommended that AC unit maintenance be scheduled once in spring/early summer and furnace maintenance in fall. This practice prolongs your system’s lifespan and ensures it’s prepared for the upcoming season. Plus, keeping up with these checks maintains your equipment manufacturer’s warranty validity! 

Beware of common HVAC myths. You can always rely on the expertise of your local NATE-certified technicians from Kettering-Oakwood Heating & Air. Stay informed about your HVAC system through us. Some HVAC myths can lead to system damage, wasted energy, higher bills, and other costly mistakes in the long run. If you’d like to know more about caring for your HVAC system, feel free to check out the rest of our blogs for more information!

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