You probably know the basic components of your HVAC system – an air conditioner, heating (in the form of a heat pump or furnace), vents, ductwork, and a thermostat. Yet, you may not be as savvy when it comes to how HVAC systems actually work or what they require to function properly. There are common misconceptions that many homeowners share. At Bruce’s, we’re here to dispel these myths and provide the facts to enable you to gain the maximum comfort and efficiency from your system.
Myth #1: You only need to get an HVAC tune up every two to five years.
Do you think HVAC systems don’t need yearly maintenance? Think again! The fact is your system needs to have regular servicing, including tune ups, inspections, and cleanings. If you skip regular maintenance, you may be surprised to find yourself with a system that loses function during the hottest time of the year—just when you need it most.
Pro Tip: Spring is an optimal time for HVAC maintenance. Call Bruce’s today to schedule a tune up of your system.
Myth #2: Your House Cools Down Faster by Turning Down Your Thermostat to the Lowest Setting
Are you enticed to turn your thermostat to the lowest setting to quickly cool your home? Unfortunately, air conditioners don’t work like that. Your AC will run continuously wasting costly energy and possibly damaging the HVAC compressor which can shorten its lifespan. You want your home to be cool and comfortable, not freezing cold.
Pro Tip: To stay comfortable and save money this summer, follow the US Department of Energy guidelines by setting your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are home.
Myth #3: It’s Common to See Ice on Your AC Unit
You’d think because an air conditioner sends out cold air, it would be natural for some ice to show up on the unit. But ice is actually an indicator of a problem. Typically, ice buildup on a unit means either a clogged filter, dirty evaporator coil, or a refrigerant issue.
Pro Tip: Dirty air filters can sometime block air from returning to the inside unit, causing ice to form. Try changing your air filter to increase airflow as a simple troubleshooting technique.
Rely on Bruce’s Air Conditioning and Heating – Your Local HVAC Expert
Bruce’s technicians are here to help with HVAC maintenance, repairs, and installations. We’ve heard all the misconceptions before and are happy to provide clear, understandable answers to all your questions.