Homeowners need an efficient HVAC system that not only cools and heats effectively but also consumes less energy and costs them less in utility bills. Several myths and misconceptions target homeowners trying to save energy and have efficient systems. Here are some HVAC myths that you may not be aware of in Winston-Salem, NC.
1. A Constant Thermostat Setting Saves Energy
Some homeowners believe that setting the same temperature throughout the day and night will help them save energy. The argument is that it takes less energy to maintain the temperature of a room than it takes to heat or cool the same room.
If this myth were true, then homeowners would have no need for programmable thermostats. Maintaining a constant temperature means using energy even when the temperature indoors is comfortable or when you’re not at home.
There are many ways to make your system more efficient, including setting the thermostat back a few degrees when you’re away from home and when you’re sleeping. You can also use your windows and doors to reduce the effects of the outdoor temperature on your indoor temperature.
2. Duct Tape Seals HVAC Duct Leaks
Duct tape can help you when you need to seal a duct leak, but it’s a temporary solution before you call a professional. Duct tape doesn’t stick well, and it peels off a few days after you place it. If you suspect there’s a duct leak, you need to let a professional use mastic sealant and other effective duct sealing methods.
3. Portable Air Conditioners Are More Effective and Energy Efficient
Portable AC and space heaters can be useful when your home doesn’t have a central HVAC system. However, these portable systems will save energy only if they are used in one room or area.
4. Bigger Air Conditioners Cool Rooms Better
A bigger air conditioner can cool your room faster than a smaller air conditioner. However, bigger isn’t always better since you need to properly size your air conditioner. If your home has a bigger-than-needed AC, it will constantly cycle off and on, which results in high humidity because the system doesn’t run long enough to extract the moisture from the air.
An undersized system isn’t ideal either, as it runs longer to cool your home, and this drives up utility bills.
Instead of bigger or smaller, you need a correctly sized HVAC system. Our technician can help you size the system. We consider factors such as the size of your home, its level of insulation and its ductwork.
According to Energy Star, improper installation of your HVAC system can result in up to 30% loss in performance. This will affect your indoor air quality, comfort and utility bills. Problems such as insufficient dehumidification, poor distribution of air and leaking ductwork are common when the HVAC installation is faulty.
5. HVAC Leaks Are Easy to Spot in a Home
Air and refrigerant leaks make your system less efficient. While you may find these leaks with ease sometimes, smaller leaks are challenging to find. You need a professional with the right leak detection tools to find and fix even the smallest leaks in a system.
Leaks can affect the comfort in your indoor space and make the HVAC system work harder to maintain your set indoor air temperature. Have the leak fixed immediately.
We can help you with your HVAC system for any issues you’re experiencing. Call us at Air Treatment Inc. to request an inspection and tune-up to help your HVAC system in Winston-Salem save energy and run more efficiently.
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