In order to take proper care of your HVAC system, you are going to need to be following the right information, not the myths. Unfortunately, there is a lot of false information out there regarding these systems, so it can be easy to do the wrong thing and find out that you have cost yourself money by damaging the system or by doing something else that causes some type of negative reaction. Here are some of the myths you want to know about.
You can run the HVAC for a while without the filter
If you find that your filter is very dirty, you may have heard that you can remove the filter and still use the system until you get around to getting a new filter to put in. While you may get away with running the system for a single night if you really need to and you do get a filter the very next day, then this may not damage the system. However, running it for any longer than this can cause damage to the system and cause the home to have poor air quality. If you have made the mistake of running your system without the filter and are now having problems, you should have a repair technician come out.
You only need to change the filters once a year
It's possible that some people have confused the fact that you have to have the system serviced once a year with how often you have to change the filter. In fact, the filters should be checked monthly and changed as needed. Some homes need to have them changed more often, such as homes with more people, pets, or smokers. Something a lot of people don't know is that having pet birds can cause you to need to change the filters much more often.
Turning the temperature real low will cause the home to cool faster
There is no speed to an HVAC system. It will start cooling once it is triggered by the thermostat telling it that the home's temperature is higher than what the thermostat is set for. At that point, it will cool at the same rate, regardless of how low it is set until the desired temperature is set. If you have it set too low, you will only be putting unnecessary stress and wear on it. If you find that you are having issues with the thermostat, then have it looked at as soon as possible.
If there are no signs of trouble, you can skip the annual servicing
You need to have the HVAC system serviced annually if you are going to prevent big troubles and catch problems early on. Also, it is important for them to come out to clean the system and to let you know of anything they noticed going on with it.
If the system is showing issues, then only use it when absolutely needed
This one isn't a myth. When your system is showing signs that there may be problems with it, then you need to have a repair tech come take a look. Don't run it at all if you aren't sure what's going on until it has been cleared by a professional.
If your HVAC system isn't working as it should, you should have an HVAC repair professional come out and fix it for you.