In your life, you have likely heard many different things about air conditioners. You may not be an HVAC expert, so you might not know the difference between fact and myth. Our goal today is to dispel some of these myths, and hopefully educate more homeowners about their air conditioning units. The more you know, the better you’ll be able to make decisions.
Air Conditioning Myths
Myth 1: You can change your air filters once a year.
Regularly changing air filters is necessary. Filters will become clogged if they are allowed to collect dirt, dust, and other contaminants. Your system will have to work harder because of the clogged filter due to poor airflow. This will increase your electric bill. Also, you can expect poor indoor air. Change your air filter at least once a month to minimize the need for air conditioning repair services.
Myth 2: You don’t need to perform preventative maintenance.
There are some people who believe that “if it’s not broken, don’t repair it”. This may be true for other things, but not your HVAC system. It is essential to perform preventative maintenance with the help of an air conditioning contractor in Knoxville TN. You will have more breakdowns if you don’t service your unit.
Myth 3: The placement of the thermostat does not matter.
This is false. It is important to place your thermostat in a location that does not receive direct sunlight or near appliances that generate a lot of heat. The thermostat will then think that the temperature in your home is too warm, causing it to operate longer than necessary. The thermostat will believe that the temperature in your home is cooler if it is located near the air vents. It will then stop cooling the home even though the house is actually warmer.
Myth #4: By lowering the thermostat, you can cool your house more quickly.
A common misconception is that setting the thermostat at a low temperature will help cool your home faster. It is not necessary to set the thermostat at 60 degrees in order to cool your home. It is best to set the thermostat to a temperature that you find comfortable and give it some time to adjust.
Myth 5: Closing the air vents will save you money
You can control the amount of air that comes out through air vents. The system doesn’t know that you closed a vent, and it won’t redirect air to another part of the house if you do. Closed vents will cause the air to be redirected back into the ducts, and a lot of it is lost. Closed vents can cause an increase in power consumption, and damage to your system. This will require more money.
Myth 6: A larger AC unit is better.
Air conditioning units are no exception. The unit will turn on and off frequently if the air conditioner is larger than the area it needs to cool. The parts wear faster and the unit’s life is reduced. You need to talk to an air conditioning contractor to find out the best size for your home.
Call J.C.’s Heating and Air now if you need help installing, repairing, or maintaining your air conditioning unit.
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