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Common Myths About HVAC

What are Some Common HVAC Myths?

From adding salt to water to help it boil faster to bulls getting infuriated when they see the color red, no topic is off-limits when it comes to common myths — especially in the world of HVAC. While many heating and cooling facts and practices speak for themselves, others tend to fall into a grey area, causing some standard uncertainty.

With this in mind, our team is here to help debunk some of the most common HVAC myths for you today:

Common Misconceptions About HVAC

The Bigger the HVAC System, the Better

Believe it or not, having the incorrect size HVAC unit installed in your home can do more harm than good. For instance, if you live in a smaller house, but have a home comfort system that is too large, it will work against you.

As it turns out, if the system is too big, it will be less energy-efficient and will increase your utility bills. Additionally, having an incorrectly-sized system installed will also make it nearly impossible to regulate the humidity levels in your home.

To help avoid these scenarios, it’s imperative to have an HVAC professional assess your home and determine the proper size heating and cooling system for you.

Turning Up the Thermostat Will Deliver Instant Results

While this may seem like a logical solution to deliver quick results, it couldn't be further from the truth. As it turns out, your HVAC system requires time to create the desired temperature set on your thermostat. Another thing to keep in mind: If there is an air leak in your home that has not been found and repaired, this can hinder your unit's performance — but how so?

An air leak will derail the path of cooled or heated air into a random space in your home (such as the attic), rather than through a vent. When this happens, the air leak will make your unit work twice as hard to deliver the temperature you’re looking for, possibly making your system cycle off before it even reaches the finish line. To make sure your HVAC unit is in the clear, it's best to schedule annual maintenance with an HVAC professional.

You Only Need to Schedule Maintenance Appointments When Your Unit is Broken

One of the biggest myths is that maintenance appointments are only needed when your HVAC unit has broken down. Truthfully, maintenance appointments are crucial and should be scheduled at least twice a year (preferably autumn and spring).

By doing this, a technician will make sure your system is in proper working order and can repair any issues before they turn into larger problems down the road. Additionally, having your unit maintained annually will help it run smoother; you’ll even notice the difference in its performance, as well as a decrease in your energy bills.

Professional HVAC Services in Knoxville, TN

If you run into a problem with your home’s plumbing, heating, or cooling, and prefer to forgo the DIY route, our technicians are here to help! Visit our website to learn more about the services that we offer here at Pipe Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc. or call (865) 518-7008 to speak with a representative directly.