Ignorance is not a bliss dudes especially when it is kept regarding the HVAC system. Instead of taking professional consultation, homeowners often make the mistake of randomly searching the answers of HVAC queries on the internet. It needs to be understood that not everything on the internet is a valid information and not everything said on blogs is said by HVAC professionals. There are some wrong HVAC practices that the homeowners are prone to. We're about to explain the top 3 HVAC mistakes that the homeowners make and this causes not only fatty energy bills but also cause serious problems to the very system.
Most expensive is not the most suitable
So there's this thing that you can easily find on several home comfort heating and cooling blogs. They say cheap filters don't filter well so go for purchasing filters that are well above $10 since they will trap more particles more efficiently. Hey, hey! Hold on! That advice although is not a misinformation but is surely not the complete information. The complete fact is; expensive filters are no doubt efficient and clean the air better than ordinary $1 filters but there's a price for this cleaning that you'll have to pay. And the price will automatically come every month in your energy bills. Basically, expensive aka efficient filters are thicker than the normal so the air has to pass through them with relatively more force. This force is exerted by the furnace/heat pump and more energy is wasted. So yes, you breathe better but with a light pocket. Also, all systems are not suitable to afford such filters and thus cause wear and tear to the system.
So if you cannot afford hefty bills it is suggested to not go for efficient filters and instead use other natural ways to purify air i.e keeping some plants in the indoor, installing a portable air cleaner etc. Also, don't combine efficient filters with an old HVAC system. Consult professionals if you do that.
Do you shut the air vents? Why on Earth?
Another advice usually given in order to avoid energy loss is that homeowners are suggested to close vents in unused rooms. They say this will help reduce energy bills. The fact could go otherwise too. When some of the vents are closed, a lot of energy still moves up to those vents and then comes back. This disturbs the airflow and the HVAC system on the whole consequently reduces its efficiency. In addition to closing the air vents, another grave mistake that the homeowners make with their personal choice is hiding the return air vents behind sofas, curtains, chairs or any other furniture. Since air vents aren't pretty, nobody likes them. Awww sad! But even though they aren't pretty, they do a pretty good job for you i.e keep you warm in Winters and cool in the Summers. Blocking the air vents by placing furniture over them or hiding them under carpets etc affects the airflow. The enough fresh air doesn't return to the system and this once again decreases the efficiency while also fail to provide quality air.
Fan mode isn't a good idea
This is the third gravest mistake being done by hundreds of Toronto and GTA homeowners i.e keeping their thermostat on fan mode. Fan mode keeps the Air Conditioner fan running continuously. Some think this helps in maintaining a cool temperature throughout the day but the consequences of an all-time fan mode can be costly. When the thermostat is kept on fan mode and there's an enough humidity in the home, it can cause the production of moulds and treating moulds is never easy you know! So we suggest not to put your thermostat on fan mode instead use Auto mode to save energy and give your HVAC system a free will for when it needs to work.
Like we just said it above, not everything that you find online is a professional's suggestion or a valid information. Trying every new thing can put you and your system in a real trouble. So a better choice is to rely on a trusted HVAC service for consultation. If you don't want to spend on professional services, it is recommended to search briefly and thoroughly so that you clearly sort the right and reliable information from the wrong one.
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