The cooling and heating systems of any home are vitally important to the comfort of its occupants. You want to be cool enough in the summer and warm enough in the cold months. It is thus essential that your systems get enough HVAC maintenance so they can function in their optimal state.
You also want your HVAC system to run economically and not unduly waste energy, thereby reducing your operating costs to manageable amounts. Ideally, you’d need a qualified HVAC technician to regularly inspect, check and calibrate your HVAC system to achieve this.
Surprisingly though, there are some myths surrounding the care and maintenance of an HVAC system, which is preventing many homeowners from getting the cooling and heating services they need. In this article, we’ll debunk these myths so you can move forward with sufficient knowledge on how to optimize the operations of your HVAC systems.
Myth #1: The Location of the Thermostat Doesn’t Matter
In reality, the location of the thermostat is very important since the instrument can only record the temperature in its immediate surrounding area. Incorrect or improper placement can significantly affect the accuracy and efficiency of your heating and cooling system.
An improperly-placed thermostat can waste energy and money by causing your home to be overly cooled or heated.
A great rule of thumb is that your thermostat shouldn’t be located under direct sunlight or in the kitchen, where it can sense the heat from a cooker or other appliance. It should also be kept away from drafts or hallways where the airflow may differ from the rest of the house, therefore causing inaccurate readings.
Myth #2: Large HVAC Systems Are Always Better
It goes without saying that larger HVAC systems use more energy—thereby costing more money! The efficiency of the system will also be affected by how the system is operated.
For example, an air conditioner that is larger than what your space requires will cool your home quickly and then shut off. It will run for shorter periods but with more frequent cycles, using more energy.
When the cooling system is the correct size, it will run slightly longer every time it is turned on. During this long period of running, it will provide longer-lasting cooling and better comfort in the home.
Myth #3: Routine HVAC Maintenance Can Be DIY-ed
There’s definitely a big temptation to just DIY your own HVAC system maintenance. Mainly this is to save cost, but often people do have some knowledge about such systems, but you’ve got to ask yourself: is it enough? More importantly, can you afford to make mistakes that might lead to a system failure?
Apart from the time factor, the maintenance of an HVAC system is a specialist job, and the sequence of such work is very important. For example, a typical process might require the technician to:
- Turn the power of the main unit off;
- Clear away any debris from around the unit;
- Check refrigerant levels and inspect for leaks;
- Clean and straighten condenser coils to ensure proper airflow;
- Check gas connections for leaks;
- Tighten all electrical connections;
- Lubricate all moving parts;
- Test the thermostat to make sure it’s working properly; and
- Check air filters, replace if necessary
In reality, only experienced and professional experts can remember and do all these steps flawlessly and within a reasonable time so as to allow you to return to normal operations ASAP.
We Work With HVAC Systems Every Day
We know that heating and cooling systems need to run at their most efficient level to save you money and give you the comfort you desire. When you forego routine maintenance, air conditioner efficiency decreases year after year, not to mention that the airflow may be obstructed, while dirt may accumulate in the unit’s coils.
For regular maintenance needs or to solve any problems with your HVAC system, our well-trained and highly experienced team at Service Express will be happy to help. To get in touch with our pool of professional technicians, call us at 416-637-1678 or send us a message through our online contact form so we can get back to you shortly.