Louisiana summers are punishingly hot, and our home HVAC systems are our best defense against seasonal weather extremes. Unfortunately, a lot of homeowners don’t understand how their air conditioning works. Taking the time to learn some of the basics can lead to energy savings and protect you from costly repairs. Here’s the truth about several inaccurate ideas some people still have about their home air conditioning systems.
Closing Intakes Saves You Money
Many people believe that closing their intake vents in seldom-used rooms saves them money. Unfortunately, it can often do more harm than good. Closing off the vents increases the pressure throughout your ductwork and can lead to leaks. Additionally, your thermostat keeps track of your home’s overall temperature, and your unit won’t shut off until it detects that temperature. It has to run longer to compensate for a room that’s not being cooled.
Fans Make Your Home Cooler
Ceiling fans and stand-mounted fans are a great way to make a room more comfortable for all of its occupants. As your HVAC blows out cool air, fans spread it out so that everyone in the room can enjoy it more quickly. But fans do not affect the temperature of the air. Fans are cheaper to run than your air conditioning, but you’re wasting money if you let them run all day in empty rooms.
HVAC Maintenance Is a DIY Project
There are certainly a number of things that you as a homeowner can do to keep your HVAC unit in working order. You can change your own air filter, keep your intake vents clean and brush off leaves and other debris from your outdoor unit. But performing unauthorized repairs can void your manufacturer’s warranty and cause further damage. Most licensed HVAC specialists offer affordable service agreements that include preventive maintenance and discounts on services. If you have a problem with your HVAC system, hiring a professional is always money well-spent.
Our team at Central Aire Heating & A/C, Inc. offers the full range of heating and cooling services in Bossier City, Louisiana, including air conditioner installation, ductwork and programmable thermostat installation. Contact us today if you have any questions.