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5 Major Myths About HVAC Services

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There are a lot of opinions regarding HVAC services and systems out there. It’s hard to keep track of what’s the truth and what is a myth. In this article, we’ll dive into five major myths about HVAC services, so you can choose the best HVAC system for your home and keep it working efficiently.

  

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HVAC service myths and facts

  

Myth: You only need to change your filter once a year. 

  

Fact: Many people believe this to be true, or, they simply forget to change their filter except once a year. This is not only a myth, but also a big mistake! While you’re using your HVAC system, you’ll want to change your filter every 30 days. If you have a lot of pets, and therefore a lot of dander and fur around the house, you may want to consider changing your filter even more regularly. This will keep your system much more efficient. 

  

Myth: The biggest HVAC system is always the best. 

  

Fact: No, bigger is not always better when it comes to an HVAC system. In fact, if your system is too large for your home, it can be much less efficient. It will also struggle to properly remove humidity.It’s important to have a professional help determine the right size HVAC unit for your home.

  

Myth: Your HVAC system doesn’t need maintenance unless it’s broken. 

  

Fact: When it comes to your car, you don’t want to wait until it’s broken down on the side of the road before you see the mechanic. You go to the mechanic for regular checkups. The same goes for your HVAC system. It’s crucial to have regular maintenance on your HVAC system to ensure that your system is working properly and to prevent any large and expensive problems before they happen. By having it regularly checked and well maintained by an HVAC service technician, you’ll save major and costly headaches down the road.

  

Myth: You can easily find air leaks around your home.

  

Fact: It seems like it’d be simple to spot an air leak around your home, but even the biggest leaks can be hard to find. An HVAC service technician can help find and properly seal leaks that waste energy and make your system inefficient. When you hire an HVAC service technician for regular maintenance of your system, you can also have them check for leaks. This will ensure your system is running properly and efficiently.

  

Myth: The best way to heat or cool your home is to turn up the thermostat.

  

Fact: While the thermostat controls the temperature setting, your home may actually never reach that temperature if your HVAC system is not working the way it should. If your HVAC system needs maintenance, if your home needs new insulation or there are serious leaks, the system will have a very difficult time heating and cooling your home. Although you’ve set your thermostat to one temperature, it may never get to that setting. To ensure that your home’s HVAC system is able to heat and cool efficiently, schedule regular maintenance with an HVAC service professional and have them check for serious leaks.

  

  

Frequently asked questions

  

Now that you know the truth behind HVAC service, check out the answers to these frequently asked questions:

  

What is HVAC service?

An HVAC system controls the environment through heating (H), ventilation (V) and/or air conditioning (AC). HVAC service is when you hire a professional HVAC companies to help you install, maintain or fix your HVAC system. 

When you hire HVAC companies to help service your system, they can:
a. Find the right system for your home
b. Install a new HVAC system in your home
c. Perform regular maintenance to keep your system running efficiently
d. Find leaks that may be making your system inefficient
e. Troubleshoot any other problems with your HVAC system

 
How much money do I save with routine HVAC service?

When you hire one of the HVAC companies in your area to provide routine HVAC service – typically done seasonally or twice a year – you can save a lot on both your bills and expensive repairs. According to Cook’s Comfort System, Inc., HVAC maintenance typically costs between $70 and $100, while replacing an HVAC system for a 2,000 sq. ft. home can cost between $6,000 and $12,000.With routine HVAC service, your system will be running efficiently and able to cool or heat your home a lot faster and effectively. This will help you save money on your energy bill. And with regular maintenance, you may avoid large, expensive problems that cost far more than the regular maintenance service fee. Getting a regular tune-up on your system can help you save in the long run.

 
How should I choose an HVAC service company?

There are many HVAC companies to choose from. It’s always a good idea to ask for referrals or read reviews online. From there, there are a few things you want to consider:

1. Verify the contractor’s credentials: You want to hire a licensed HVAC professional who meets all of the state requirements to provide service in your area.
2. Compare estimates: Different HVAC companies will have different prices. Be sure to compare estimates to find the price right for your budget but also to ensure you get all the services you need.
3. Get an official proposal/contract: Trustworthy HVAC companies will provide an official proposal that you both sign, which lays out all the details from the price and expected timeline to warranties and payment requirements.

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