Myth Busters: HVAC Edition

It’s the year 2017, and we’re blessed to live in a time where the world is, quite literally, at our fingertips. Curious about the square root of pi? One quick Google search will answer that. Need to know how to translate a sentence into Swedish? The world wide web has your answer. Overall, the internet is a wonderful tool, but unfortunately, “with great power comes great responsibility.” That’s where we step in– to clear up any confusion that the internet’s popular HVAC myths may have created.


Myth #1: Closing the door to unused rooms saves energy

Although this might be the most widely-debated HVAC myth, we believe it is just that– a myth. At Chenal Heating & Air, we uniquely design and construct your HVAC system to heat or cool your entire business or home; not just certain areas of it. When you disrupt airflow by closing a door to a less-frequented room, the efficiency of your HVAC unit is decreased, and it begins to work harder than necessary to compensate.


Myth #2: Bigger is always better

Size matters when it comes to your HVAC unit, but that doesn’t mean bigger is better. If your HVAC system is too large for your home or business, it will cycle on and off continually, increasing your energy bill and decreasing your HVAC’s lifespan. That’s why we always conduct a Home Comfort Survey on your home before suggesting a particular HVAC unit. We evaluate your room sizes, windows and ceiling heights and factor in duct systems, insulation and your home’s exterior in order to calculate the perfect size HVAC unit for you.


Myth #3: The higher you turn up your thermostat, the faster your home will heat

We’ve all been in this spot. We’ve come in from a particularly chilly night outside, run to our thermostat and cranked up our heaters as high as they’ll possibly go. Unfortunately, this isn’t how heaters (or air conditioning) are designed to work. Your thermostat is set on a regulator, so if you push it up to 88°, it will heat up your home to sub-tropic levels until that temperature is reached. Similar to the way that elevators don’t move any faster by repeatedly pressing your desired floor’s button, your heater won’t heat any faster by turning up the temperature.


Myth #4: You only need to change your HVAC filters once a year

This is a huge myth! It’s believed that the average 3 bedroom home collects roughly 20 pounds of dust per year. Your air filter is designed to capture this dust and prevent it from getting into your home where you’ll breathe it in. If it hasn’t been regularly changed though, your filter will become clogged, and your unit will struggle to produce air. The result? Dirty air and a high energy bill. Help your filter do its job by changing it every 30 days.


Myth #5: “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”

Think of your HVAC unit as a vehicle. We hope that you wouldn’t hop in a car for a cross-country road trip if the oil hadn’t been changed in years, your brake pads had never been glanced at, and the closest thing to a tire rotation that your car’s received is that curb you hit a few months ago. Similarly, your HVAC unit needs the same attention to assure that it works at its optimum year after year. Contact us today to learn about our residential and commercial maintenance options designed to fit your needs.