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Heating and Cooling Myths that are Wasting Your Money

Our pros at Farmer's Air know what it takes to get the best out of residential HVAC units because we work on them every single day. Unfortunately, the average homeowner can sometimes hold their systems back because of misinformation. We want you to have energy-efficient systems so your energy bills are affordable. So let’s debunk some of the common myths and misconceptions about HVAC units, so you can save some coin!

#1: You Need a Big HVAC System

Energy efficiency comes with a system that is properly sized for your home. Having an oversized unit may cool your home quicker, but it will come with side effects that just aren’t worth it! This is why need to trust your local pros and make sure that they install a system that is just the right size for your household.

Oversized HVAC units are so inefficient because they constantly turn off and on. A properly set up air conditioner should run for about 20-25 minutes. This cycle is most efficient. As the unit turns on, it uses a lot of energy, but after a few minutes, it requires less energy to keep going.

If the unit is too powerful, it will cool your home too quickly to take advantage of the efficiency that comes after a few minutes of running. Also, keep in mind that a powerful AC can cause issues with humidity regulation. Your AC is meant to draw moisture from the air, but if it doesn’t have time to do that your home can become overly humid.

#2: Closing Vents Will Save Money

This is one of the most common misconceptions out there so don’t feel bad if you thought it was true! Closing a vent seems like a way to focus your HVAC unit’s energy only on the rooms you use. Instead, it causes other issues that end up making this less efficient.

Your HVAC unit is designed to heat or cool your entire home, not just a portion of it. When you block off a vent it disrupts airflow causing issues with air circulation and can even cause your ducts to leak!

#3: You Don’t Need to Change Your Air Filter

We have no idea where this myth came from, but we’re seeing it more and more often. Homeowners either forget or choose not to change out their air filters every few months. Switching them out is cost-effective because these air filters are fairly cheap in price. You’ll notice a vast improvement in your indoor air quality once you change them out. It’s surprisingly easy to do so and you’ll be shocked how quickly you’ll notice the difference.

#4: Thermostat Location Doesn’t Matter

Your thermostat’s location is really important to efficient heating and cooling. Remember that the thermostat is reading the temperature around it and giving commands to your HVAC unit based on that information. If the temperature near the thermostat is not consistent with the rest of your home, it won’t be able to do its job effectively. This is why it's important to place your thermostat away from drafty windows or lamps. Anything that could heat or cool the temperature around the thermostat could affect efficiency.

Our Hilton Head-based HVAC pros can help you with all your HVAC needs during the COVID-19 crisis. Our technicians are trained in cleanliness, are screened for health, and understand the proper directives from the authorities. Call us today at (843) 508-9779 or fill out an online contact form to schedule your appointment today!