Your residential HVAC system is a finely tuned appliance that thrives on proper maintenance. Unfortunately, the internet is full of lore and myths that can jeopardize the functionality of your system. Can you tell the myths apart from the facts? Three such tidbits of misinformation seem to keep cropping up.
1. You Only Need to Change Your Air Filter Once a Year
Notwithstanding what Aunt Margaret or your friend, the blogger, says, you can avoid plenty of AC repair calls by changing out your air filter as often as needed. Although the once a year rule is fine for a system that you rarely use, in a home devoid of pets and people, the average family with a cat or dog will find that the filter needs changing a lot more frequently than just once every 365 days.
2. You Do Not Need to Call for an Air Conditioning Tune-up in Spring
After all, your system has gotten a few months’ rest and is good to go, right? Wrong! Even if your system worked well into fall and did not have any trouble, it makes sense to call in a professional to tune-up the AC unit and ensure that everything that needs to move does – and the rest does not. Also, a well-maintained system operates efficiently, which saves you money on electricity.
3. I Do Not Need a Heating Repair & Installation Professional’s Advice on Buying HVAC Systems
This myth suggests that buying a system with a tag reading, “Energy Efficient” will automatically save you money. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. For example, if the system you purchase is improperly sized for your home, it will cost you more to operate it than you think. In fact, the wrong size easily turns an efficient system into a money pit. We recommend discussing your plans to buy a new system with a professional to get some input.
To find out if other HVAC bits of information you heard are myths or truths, contact us for more details.