Properly maintaining your heating and air conditioning system can be difficult without the right information. Unfortunately, misconceptions about a few key elements of running an HVAC system can leave homeowners suffering with expensive repairs, uncomfortable temperatures, unhealthy air, and even structural problems such as mould.
The experienced technicians at Sure-Fire Heating & Air Conditioning are here to help you keep your HVAC system functioning without any problems for as long as possible. Continue reading to learn about five common misconceptions that Kingston residents may hold regarding their HVAC systems.
HVAC Service Misconceptions
1. Your filter does not need to be changed regularly
Changing the filtration system in your HVAC unit can be done quickly and at a low cost, however many homeowners put this task off for months or years at a time. This can drastically reduce the air quality in your home and eventually compromise your unit if there is a serious buildup of dust and other particles. For optimal performance, we suggest changing your air filter at least once a month. (More advanced filters with a MERV 12 or better rating may go for as long as a year, depending on their size. This will be covered off in a future blog, or contact Sure-Fire for more guidance.)
2. Size indicates performance
Many homeowners purchase their HVAC system with the idea that a larger system will equate to better performance and air quality. However, this is not always the case and can lead to decreased function depending on the humidity inside your home. The team at Sure-Fire can give you a professional opinion on the best unit for your space.
3. HVAC units do not require regular maintenance
Like your plumbing system and other crucial elements of your home, HVAC units should be checked by a professional at least once a year to ensure there are no issues on the rise. Catching problems through regular check-ups will seriously decrease repair costs in the future.
4. Serious problems are easy to detect
One of the reasons why homeowners avoid regular HVAC maintenance is because they believe it will be easy to flag any major problems that arise. Unfortunately, even a major leak may be undetectable until it has done serious damage to your home. To keep your unit operating effectively, consider preventative inspections and maintenance by a licensed professional.
5. Uncomfortable temperatures are only a result of your thermostat setting
If you have noticed a sudden drop or rise in temperature, it may be a sign that your HVAC system is not functioning properly and will, therefore, have to work harder to heat or cool your home. Instead of constantly reaching for the thermostat, homeowners should seek out HVAC services if this problem persists.