Heating & Air Conditioning Myths That May Trick You
When it comes to heating and air conditioning, people want to be both comfortable and energy-efficient- especially in the Tallahassee area. Because of this, people often seek out advice, tips, and DIY tricks. Many people look to the internet for this kind of information, which isn’t necessarily the best general source of information. While some of the sources are useful, it’s also true that some of it could lead you in the wrong direction. When dealing with your HVAC system, a simple mistake can cause an array of issues.
Below are some of the most common myths being spread about heating and air conditioning, along with some ideas of what you could be doing instead.
Adjusting the Temperature
There’s no use in adjusting the temperature of the heating or air conditioning when leaving the house.
Turning down the temperature in the winter and turning it up in the summer will actually help to lower your energy bill. People often do this when they plan on being out all day or when they’re going to sleep. If you’re more worried about comfortability, look into a programmable thermostat. This way, the temperature will automatically adjust around your schedule. Since this is October and the weather is generally pleasant, now is the perfect time to invest in a programmable thermostat.
It’s not worth having your air conditioning and heating systems serviced regularly.
Some believe that this is a waste of time and money, but it’s, in fact, the opposite. Scheduling maintenance on your system with John D. Jones will help keep it running longer and more efficiently. The older a system gets, the more tired the moving parts become. They need to be lubricated and the system needs to be checked for other issues that could be slowing the system down. Rather than waiting and making an emergency repair call or having to replace the entire unit, maintenance visits can be done in a quick and easy manner, and is definitely the most affordable option in the long run.
Your home will heat up quickly if the thermostat is set to a high temperature.
The temperature the thermostat is set to has no correlation with the speed. Setting the thermostat to 80° will not help it get to 74° faster. The thermostat will reach 74° at the same time as it would if you originally set it to 74°. If you don’t want your house reaching 80°, you’ll eventually have to put it back to the desired temperature anyway. Don’t risk wasting energy. The same goes for air conditioning as well.
he only function an air conditioning unit is good for is cooling.
An air conditioner or heat pump has more than one function. While cooling or heating the air is an obvious function, and the main reason why people invest in them, that’s not the only job for which a system is responsible. An HVAC system is also in charge of regulating the humidity in a home.
Using space heaters in a couple of rooms is cheaper than running a gas heating system.
Natural gas is cheaper than using electricity, even if the space heater is occupying a small space. For the same cost, a space heater will only warm half the space compared to a gas furnace. It’s better to have the one heating system running, rather than three or four space heaters.
Now that you’ve learned about the different myths and truths regarding heating and air conditioning, you may feel like an expert! Just remember that John D. Jones AC, Heating and Refrigeration is always one call away for any issues you may have. For more than 20 years, John D. Jones Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration has served the heating and cooling needs of Tallahassee, FL, and the surrounding area. For more information on our services, call us at 850-539-7294 or visit our website.