Misconceptions or myths have a way of invading our brains, spreading rapidly through word of mouth and of course social media these days. The Internet certainly is a double-edged sword. On one hand it can help uncover truth, but on the other it can cause the continued spread of misinformation.
Air conditioning systems are not immune to misconceptions as well. It is important to separate fact from fiction to ensure you get the best performance from your HVAC system. We are debunking some of the most common heating and cooling myths to help keep your family comfortable and your air conditioning unit running efficiently.
Myth: A larger air conditioner provides improved performance.
FALSE! Bigger is not always better and here is why. A/C systems are intended to “condition and move” air throughout a home at a specific rate. When you install an A/C unit that is too big for your home, the unit will not know that the space is smaller. The system will move air as if you had a bigger home, consuming more energy to produce the same results as a unit that is the correct size. It is crucial that the right sized unit for your home be used to make sure your air conditioner is performing as efficiently as possible.
Myth: Lowering the thermostat’s temperature cools the house faster.
FALSE! Air conditioners are made to operate at a constant rate to reach the temperature that you set. Lowering the thermostat to an extremely low temperature will not cool your house faster. You will stress your unit, waste more energy, increase your electric bill, and spoiler alert… it will still cool at the same rate.
Myth: Air filters do not make a difference.
FALSE! This seems small in the whole scheme of a complex HVAC system, but these little filters affect the home in a big way. A dirty filter can worsen the air quality in your home, clog your system, reduce air flow, and ultimately put an unnecessary strain on your air conditioner. By simply cleaning and replacing your indoor air filters every one to three months you can help your HVAC system work more effectively and efficiently.
Myth: The A/C only needs professional help when something is wrong.
FALSE! Would you not take your car in for a tune-up or oil change yearly? Much like a car, routine maintenance done on your HVAC unit is a necessity, but unfortunately many only think they need to call an A/C company when something is wrong. By having your unit serviced once or twice a year, it will keep your system in optimal condition, preventing expensive repairs and ultimately lowering your energy costs.
By keeping the above myths in mind, you can be sure to enjoy improved air conditioning performance. If you are looking for someone to help you with your professional tune-ups, we are here to assist you with all your cooling and heating needs. Mason Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. provides installation, repair and maintenance for residential properties throughout the greater Tampa area. With a single call, our licensed AC pros will help prepare your HVAC unit for the Florida summer heat! Give us a call (727)-433-9853 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.