If you are running your ceiling fan around the clock, even when no one is occupying the room, you are wasting energy.
When it comes to HVAC systems, there are a lot of ways people use their systems that they accept as the “right” way when, in fact, they are spending money needlessly.
The following are mistakes, or common misconceptions, many homeowners make when it comes to running their HVAC system that end up raising their energy bills.
Mistake One: Using a ceiling fan will cool down the room
If you are running your ceiling fan around the clock, even when no one is occupying the room, you are wasting energy. The truth is that a ceiling fan does not cool down the temperature of a room. They might appear to make you cooler, but that is due to something called the wind chill effect.
As a fan runs air, it works to evaporate the sweat from the surface of your skin. When sweat evaporates, it helps the temperature of your body decrease. So, the truth is that a fan does nothing to cool a room down. If no one is present in the room and your fan is not working to evaporate sweat, then the only work it is doing is running up your electric bill.
Mistake Two: A clean air filter is just about air quality
Yes, air filters that are clogged circulate allergens and fine particles in the air, which can lead to a decrease in your home’s air quality. But, it is important to change your air filters for another reason. When you have dirty air filters, it decreases the amount of air flow.
Poor air flow makes your HVAC system work harder and can lead to costly repairs and inefficiency of your unit. In turn, that can reduce the longevity of the unit itself. So, to make sure that you are getting the most from your HVAC system, be sure to change your air filters.
Mistake Three: You only need to call an HVAC technician when you need a repair
Unfortunately, searching the Internet about how to perform maintenance on your HVAC system does not make you a professional technician. If you are maintaining your own system, or not maintaining it at all instead of calling a professional for regular maintenance, you are taking a risk. A technician will know if your system is well oiled and working correctly.
Only a professional will know what to look for to ensure that nothing faulty will end up costing you a whole lot more than regularly having your system cleaned and checked.
Thomas Hoffmann Air Conditioning & Heating
These mistakes can have costly effects over time. The only way to know that everything is running as it should is to know the facts and call to have someone evaluate the way your system is working on a regular basis.
At Thomas Hoffmann Air Conditioning & Heating LLC, we know that keeping your home cool and comfortable in the summer months is very important. In the St. Louis area, air conditioning is a necessity. Having your cooling system regularly inspected and serviced is vital to your systems performance and reliability. Call us today at (314) 471-7625 to schedule a free estimate.