You want to ensure that the HVAC system in your Rancho Mirage, CA, home is in good condition. You can seek advice online. The only issue is that you’ll come across some myths and misconceptions, and they may be misleading.
1. Larger HVAC Systems Are Better
An HVAC system that’s too large for your home will short cycle. You’ll experience issues such as premature equipment failure in the process, and you’ll also spend a significant amount of money on electricity bills.
2. The Location of the Thermostat Doesn’t Matter
When you place the thermostat where it has a direct view to the window or near the supply air register, you’ll get false readings. The main issue is that the window will reflect the sun’s rays towards the thermostat, and it’ll read temperatures as higher than what they are. The HVAC system will then strain to lower the temperatures, and because of short cycling, its lifespan will be short-lived.
3. An Energy-Efficient Air Conditioning Unit Will Help You Save Money
Energy-efficient units will allow you to save some money since your monthly utility bills will be lower than they were before. For the unit to consume less energy, there are factors that you should consider, though.
For instance, are there door seals and windows leaks? Is your home poorly insulated? If there are such issues in your home, the air conditioning unit will end up consuming more energy than expected.
4. Setting the Thermostat to an Extremely Cold or Warm Temperature Allows the HVAC System to Work Faster
The air conditioning system can only provide a particular amount of cooling or heating per hour. You cannot alter such factors regardless of how low or high you set the thermostat.
When the thermostat is set to the extreme end, it’ll just run longer. It’s advisable to ensure that you’ve not set the thermostat 3 degrees higher or lower than the current temperature indoors. If the temperature conditions are not as favorable yet, you can go ahead and reset the thermostat again.
5. You Only Need to Change the Air Filter Once Annually
Many air conditioning system problems usually come about because of airflow issues. When you have a dirty filter, the amount of air that travels through the HVAC system will reduce significantly. For the system to operate properly, there’s a certain amount of airflow needed.
When your air filter becomes clogged, the airflow will reduce. As a result, the system can experience varying issues, including blower motor failure, air conditioning system freeze-ups, and air compressor failures. On top of that, it won’t be able to cool your home.
Low airflow causes the furnace to overheat. When the temperatures are too high, the air conditioning system will shut down. To avoid such issues, ensure that you replace the air filter after two months.
6. Closing the Vents in Unused Rooms Saves Energy
When you close the vents in the rooms that aren’t in use, you’ll notice an increase in the air pressure in the air conditioning system. If there are air leaks, the air is normally sent into the floors and walls instead of the preferred registers.
In a room where you have closed the registers, the temperature readings will be different than in other parts of the house. The main issue is that the air in the room with closed vents will mix up with the air from other parts of the house. The air conditioning system will then consume more energy trying to heat or cool the room.
7. Routine Maintenance Is Optional, and You Can DIY Such Tasks
Only a professional can install, repair, and maintain an HVAC system. Licensed technicians are specially trained to perform the tasks that they do.
An HVAC system has numerous hazardous components. Fortunately, an HVAC technician understands the safety measures to consider when installing, repairing, and performing maintenance on the air conditioning system. You should have an HVAC technician perform maintenance checks regularly.
At Vic’s Air Conditioning, we offer a wide range of services, including HVAC maintenance, heat pump service, commercial HVAC services, indoor air quality checks, ductless mini-split installation and repair, smart home automation, duct cleaning, and ductwork services. Our team of professionals is ready to assist you.
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