Common HVAC Myths

Common HVAC Myths


The heating, ventilation and air conditioning system of your home, or HVAC, is an extremely complex piece of hardware carefully integrated throughout your residence.

Most of the time in California, we really only focus on the air conditioning, but your HVAC system, as reliable as it is, is not indestructible.

You need to take care of it, just like the rest of your home, and you can get off to a good start by finding out the truth about common HVAC myths, as we present the problem and the solution.

Myth: Filter Changes Don’t Need Experts

The reality is that depending on the scope and frequency of your HVAC filtration system, this may or may not be true.

You may have some decent technical grounding in filtration systems, but your HVAC filters and the network itself require periodic inspection and maintenance. The filter itself may seem like a simple component to exchange, but if not done right, and followed with an expert appraisal of an entire HVAC system, it can lead to more problems.

Myth: Setting the Thermostat to Max Will Heat or Cool a Home Fasterthermostat-up-or-down

This might seem like common sense, but it actually defies the laws of physics. Putting a thermostat to the maximum setting does not pump more air, or increase the “strength” of that air’s temperature.No matter what you set your thermostat to, your home will rise or fall to the desired temperature at exactly the same rate.

This is just the nature of physics at work, with  the space that needs to be heated or cooled working in tandem with the energy required to hit that temperature, and that math is inflexible, regardless of your thermostat setting.

ceiling-fanMyth: Air Conditioned Homes Don’t Need Fans

While an air conditioner does cool the air, it doesn’t do a great job of circulating it throughout a space.Because of this poor circulation, it usually means AC units need to be put to more powerful settings to achieve comfort. A fan is actually better for that.

This is why when you use a fan, or an integrated system, like a ceiling fan, in conjunction with an AC unit; you can actually use lower settings on your AC. The fan can more efficiently distribute the cooler air throughout a room.

Myth: If You Can’t See Problems, There Are No Problems

Your HVAC system is a large and complex piece of machinery, so it often requires an expert eye with the necessary technical background to truly appreciate what’s going on. Just because you’re not seeing any problems with your heating or cooling, it doesn’t mean that something isn’t going on in the ducts or within the HVAC system itself that may be leading to a serious and expensive problem.

Getting a regular, expert assessment on the state of your HVAC system is the best way to ensure that things that are working smoothly now continue to do so without catastrophic interruption.

We Can Handle It

Albert Nahman Plumbing has been proudly serving the Berkley, CA area for years. If you want to make sure your HVAC system is running smoothly or have a problem that needs addressing right now, you can call us at 510-843-6904. You’ll receive prompt, efficient, professional response that will set everything right.


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