As a provider of heating system repair in and around Cherry Hill, Cold 1 Services understands that homeowners are always looking for the most efficient ways to keep their homes warm (or cool) while saving as much as they can on their utility bills. While there a plethora of heating and air conditioning resources out there, some are more reliable than others. The thing is, not every tip, trick, and piece of advice works the way homeowners may think — in fact, some are just flat out wrong. Let’s take a look at some of the most common HVAC myths.
1. Cranking the Thermostat Higher Will Heat the Home Faster
It doesn’t matter how high or low you program the thermostat; it’s going to take the same amount of time to heat or cool your home. This method will only increase your monthly utility. Another thermostat myth is the belief that your thermostat should stay at the same setting day and night since it takes more energy to warm up a room than to maintain its temperature. This is not true, although programmable thermostats allow homeowners to set different temperatures throughout the day automatically.
2. Ceiling Fans Are Should Only Be Used in Warm Weather
For most homeowners, ceiling fans are necessary to keep cool during the summer. When winter rolls around, they’ll keep them off, even though they could be missing out on energy savings. By reversing your ceiling fan to blow air up instead of down, your hot air redistributes throughout the room.
3. The Bigger the System, the Better
When it comes to HVAC systems, bigger is not necessarily better. A system that’s too large will continue to cycle on and off, costing you more money to operate. Same with a system that’s too small. Constant cycling could also decrease the lifespan of an improperly-sized unit. Our heating services in Philadelphia can ensure your new HVAC system is sized according to your home.
4. You Should Close Vents in Unused Rooms
Some homeowners believe that by not supplying heat to rooms they are barely in, hot air will find its way to desired room vents, and those rooms will be extra warm at no additional cost. This practice increases air pressure in your ducts, which can lead to leaks at the vent seams.
5. HVAC Systems Don’t Require Annual Maintenance
Just like any intricate machinery or appliance in your home, your HVAC system needs regular maintenance. Tune-ups and cleanings of both your air conditioning and heating systems avoid costly problems that leave you without them when you need them most. Also, most newer units require periodic maintenance to keep the warranty valid.
For more information about all of our HVAC services, contact Cold 1 Services today!