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myth-or-factPopular HVAC Myths

When you have a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in your home, otherwise known as HVAC, you enjoy a much more pleasant climate in your residence that keeps you comfortable regardless of how hot it is, or how much snow another North Dakota winter has dropped on us.

However, with an HVAC system, many people take for granted just how robust the system can be, and there have been certain misconceptions about what you can and can’t get away with when using an HVAC system in your home.

We’re going to bust some of those myths right now, starting with these key mistakes.

You Don’t Need an Expert to Change Your Filter

There are a lot of factors that affect just how often you need to change the air filters in your home. Having pets, smoking, or simply running your furnace or AC a lot can all contribute to just how quickly the filter gets dirty.

Many people will try to change a filter without expert help, but if you don’t get the right filter, you’re doing more harm to your HVAC system—and residents—than need be. There’s also the matter of some HVAC systems requiring a filter for both the furnace and air conditioner, so if you want to ensure everything is done smoothly, get some professional help.

Moving the Thermostat to Max Setting Will Heat/Cool a Home Fasterthermostat-up-or-down

This, unfortunately, falls into the same logic as “if it takes one hour at 300 degrees to cook a chicken, then I can do it in half the time if I put the oven to 600 degrees.” Of course, the kitchen result is a burned chicken and potentially a fire.

In HVAC terms, putting your AC or heater to its maximum setting does absolutely nothing to speed up the heating or the cooling process. In fact, all this does is make your HVAC system work harder to achieve essentially nothing.

The heating and cooling of your home is dictated entirely by the physics of the space and the temperature, and no fiddling with your temperature settings can break these laws of physics.

ceiling-fanIf You Have AC, You Don’t Need a Fan

What an air conditioner does is cool down the air. What a fan does, however, is give you a cooling sensation by circulating the air. This is a bit different in terms of effect, and one of the reasons that air can feel warmer is because it’s not moving!

By using an air conditioner and a fan, like an integrated ceiling fan, you can actually run your AC at higher temperatures because the fan is doing a good job of circulating that cooler air throughout the space.

If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

Do you actually know what constitutes a broken HVAC system? An HVAC network can continue to work even as problems slowly build up. Getting a professional inspection or routine maintenance ensures that small problems are quickly fixed, rather than turning into big, expensive problems later.

Experienced Care & Maintenance

Laney’s is here to serve your HVAC needs in Fargo, ND. If you want to upgrade your system, or just want the peace of mind that comes from professional inspections and maintenance, give us a call at 701-273-0543 and lets us work on your HVAC system today.