Intricate parts and processes to function are relied upon by air conditioning systems. Because of the intricacy of the systems, and people spreading their own logic, many misunderstanding and misinformation can spread like wildfire. Today, we at Hal Mechanical would like to clear up some of these myths to help people better understand your air conditioning system.
Busting Air Conditioning Myths with Facts
Do Air Conditioners Cool?
It is common for people to think that air conditioners simply chill the environment. This myth overlooks the “conditioning” part in AC’s name, while this is certainly the most obvious benefit of a cooling system. Air conditioners actually absorb the heat out of the room as well as controlling humidity and filtering out germs, ultimately improving indoor air quality.
Does it Matter Where You Place the Thermostat?
The location of your thermostat can have a huge impact on your unit’s efficiency, contrary to popular belief. Be certain to position it away from sunlight, windows, furniture and doorways to improve your HVAC system’s energy-saving power. Outdoor air and heat exposure is limited with this thermostat placement.
Can I Turn Set the Temperature Way Up or Down?
There is no effect on your system’s speed by turning your thermostat all the way down, or all the way up during winter. To whichever final temperature you want is best to simply set your thermostat accordingly. You won’t force your unit to reach an icy temperature that you don’t actually prefer, as this contributes to energy saving too.
Will a Bigger Air Conditioner Cool House Better?
Not all houses need it, though it’s true that bigger units tend to have more cooling power. You can promote unnecessary energy expenditure or accelerate wear and tear, so don’t waste money on a huge unit if you live in a small or midsized home. You need to ensure that the size corresponds with the square footage of your home.
Is it Better to Leave Your Thermostat at a Constant Temperature?Do I Need to Change Air Filter Every Year?
They are definitely not clean enough if you only change yours once a year as fresh filters are integral to proper AC maintenance. If you live with a shedding pet or in a dusty environment, every 60 days is ideal, otherwise you should aim to swap out filters every 90 days. Long-term damage is contributed clogged air filters because of the limited airflow. You can always schedule an AC tune-up if you don’t want to replace filters yourself. As part of regular maintenance, the technician often changes them.
Do AC Units Need Regular Maintenance?
Air conditioning maintenance is mandatory, which goes hand-in-hand with the previous point. To keep your unit running smoothly and efficiently, scheduling a tune-up at least once a year is essential. Additionally, records of seasonal maintenance are often needed to take advantage of your system’s warranty.