Heating your home in the winter is a no-brainer. But there are many misconceptions about the best way to keep your HVAC system operating at its peak while keeping your home comfortable and energy costs low. It’s enough to make your head spin! But Levco can help separate some common myths from “just the facts.”
Fact: Most would recommend two or three times a year, but that recommendation assumes you have no pets or seasonal allergies. Truth be told, there are even more factors to consider when answering this question.
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Fact: Bigger is not always better. An over-sized system runs inefficiently and can create humidity issues. Undersized systems overwork themselves and struggle to keep a space comfortable. When equipment is not sized properly it also threatens its manufacturers expected life span.
Fact: When it comes to your car, you don’t wait until it’s broken down on the side of the road before you see the mechanic. At a minimum, most people change the oil on a regular schedule and check the tires to make sure they are properly inflated. Well, the same goes for your HVAC system.
It’s crucial to have regular maintenance to ensure your system is working properly and to prevent any large and expensive problems before they happen. Keeping it well maintained by an HVAC service technician, can save you from costly headaches down the road.
Fact: There’s a misconception that it takes more energy to heat up a cold room than to simply maintain its temperature. But, energy experts agree that it is best to adjust the temperature in your home throughout the day, especially when you’re going to sleep or not at home. It actually takes a lot less energy to warm up a cold house in the morning than to maintain a consistent temperature day and night.
If you’re looking into purchasing thermostats that can make automatic temperature adjustments, read our blog: Home Thermostats – Is it Time to Replace or Upgrade?
Fact: Maybe. If you stay in one spot for a long period of time, have a space heater nearby, and you turn off your central heating, you may save some money and energy. Usually though, when most people use portable heaters they also have the HVAC system running. In that case, you’re only increasing your home’s energy consumption.
Fact: While this can be true, it’s also likely you’re losing more energy out of your ceiling or roof. If you’ve already fixed any air leaks or replaced your windows and doors with the most energy efficient units, you need to look up. In a typical home, around half of all heating and cooling loss comes from air leaks and poor insulation in the ceiling or roof.
Fact: There are many important factors to consider when installing a new heating/cooling system. In addition to square footage, your technician should also inspect window orientation, air leakage, existing duct-work and insulation, as well as ventilation levels. If you only use the square footage of the home, you’ll end up with an over sized system and higher upfront costs and energy bills.
Fact: Ceiling fans help reduce your need for both air conditioning and heating. During the summer, your fan runs in a counter-clockwise direction. This forces the room air down, giving you a wind chill effect that makes you feel cooler. But during the winter, flip the switch at the base of your fan to reverse its direction. When the fan turns clockwise at a low speed, it gently draws the room air up towards the ceiling. This forces the warm air to cycle up towards the ceiling and back down the walls, thereby keeping the room warmer.
Fact: Energy efficiency improvements are one of the most sought-after home features. And the demand for energy-efficient features is growing. Lowering your energy bills benefits you while you live in the home and it’s likely to be a major selling point when you sell. A recent study by the National Association of Home Builders, ranking the top factors influencing a home purchase showed energy efficiency ranking at number two! This was second only to having a safe community.
Fact: Even though vents and registers have levers that allow you to close off airflow, it’s not a good idea. Your central HVAC systems has been specifically designed to balance the pressure load throughout the house and duct system. If you block one or more vents, you affect the way your HVAC system operates. If you upset the balance, your system often develops airflow and pressure problems. Your HVAC system outputs the same amount of conditioned air no matter how many vents or registers are closed.
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