The team at Airbusters Heating and Cooling Service are experts in HVAC systems. And throughout our over 15 years of experience, we’ve come across some myths and misconceptions that we want to clear up for you. Whether you’re a homeowner or a renter, understanding the truth about HVAC systems can help you save money and improve your comfort. 

Here are some of the most common HVAC myths that we’ve come across – and the truth behind them.

Myth 1: A bigger HVAC system yields better results.

an industrial HVAC system with three fans and three big ductsThis is one of the most common myths when it comes to HVAC systems, and it’s simply not true. A bigger HVAC system doesn’t necessarily mean better performance or more comfort. In fact, a system that’s too big for your home or apartment can actually be less efficient and less effective at keeping you comfortable. This is because a system that’s too big will cycle on and off more frequently, which can lead to increased wear and tear, as well as cause uneven heating and cooling.

Myth 2: You only need to change your air filter once a year.

Another common myth is that you only need to change your air filter once a year. The truth is, the frequency with which you need to change your air filter depends on a number of factors, including the size of your home, the number of people living there, and the level of air pollution in your area.

In general, it’s a good idea to check your air filter every month and change it as needed.

In general, it’s a good idea to check your air filter every month and change it as needed. If you have pets or someone in your household with allergies, you may need to change your air filter more frequently.

Myth 3: Closing vents in unused rooms saves energy.

Another common myth is that closing vents in unused rooms will save energy. This is – surprisingly – not true.

The truth is that closing vents in unused rooms can actually cause your HVAC system to work harder and use more energy. This is because closing vents can cause a build-up of pressure in your ductwork, which will then make your system less efficient and more prone to breakdowns.

Myth 4: A programmable thermostat will automatically save you money.

So, yes – a programmable thermostat can be a great way to save money on your energy bills.

…but it’s not a magic solution. It’s important to use it correctly. Have it set to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home or apartment when you’re there, then turn down or off when you’re away. Do you research and make sure it’s programmed to work with your schedule. Otherwise, you may actually end up spending more.

You’ll also want to ensure you implement other energy-saving steps, like investing in good insulation and investing in regular professional maintenance.

Myth 5: Duct tape works on ducts.

a close up shot of a roll of duct tape with a small piece unrolledDuct tape is known for serving seemingly endless functions, but – ironically enough – sealing and repairing ducts isn’t one of them. It may offer a temporary fix, but chances are it’ll actually cause more harm than good, triggering more damage and wear and tear down the line.

Your best bet? If your system is functioning poorly or revealing signs of damage, invest in professional assistance from the start. Surprisingly enough, when all factors are considered (energy bills, ductwork lifespan, overall wear and tear), this is usually the most cost-effective approach.

Myth 6: Annual maintenance isn’t necessary.

Scheduling maintenance every year can feel excessive, especially when most of the time your tech gives you the all-clear or only needs to make a few minor tweaks, adjustments or repairs. Here’s the thing, though. The reason only minor maintenance is needed is because you book those regular tune-ups!

So, make the quick call to get your yearly HVAC care booked, then leave the rest to us. Or, ask about signing up for our HVAC service plan, so you can save money and stress less. We strive to make your life easier.

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Understanding the truth about HVAC systems can help you save money and improve your comfort. By busting these myths and misconceptions, you can make informed decisions when it comes to maintaining and operating your HVAC system.

If you’re ever unsure about something related to your HVAC system or aren’t certain whether or not you need repairs, maintenance, new installations, or updates, don’t hesitate to consult with our heating and cooling specialists. Our team is made up of fully certified and highly trained HVAC professionals, and we would be happy to give you the accurate information and guidance you need.

Ready to get started? Call 615-247-6617 or book online today.