If you own a home but don’t know everything there is to know about HVAC systems, don’t sweat it! Our Frontdoor HVAC Experts are here to help answer the most common HVAC myths. After decoding fact from fiction, you’ll be able to run your HVAC more efficiently and keep your home feeling comfy all year long.

10 HVAC Myths Debunked

Question: What are some of the most common misconceptions you’ve helped homeowners overcome when it comes to their HVAC—especially when it comes to keeping it running efficiently? And what’s the actual truth?

  • 1

    Myth: Setting the Thermostat Higher or Lower Heats or Cools the Home Faster

    Fact: Your thermostat simply turns your system on and off. Setting the temperature drastically higher or lower does not heat or cool your home faster or help with HVAC energy savings.

  • 2

    Myth: Closing Vents in Unused Rooms Saves Energy

    Fact: Closing air vents does not contribute to energy savings in your home, however closing vents in certain rooms can help balance the temperature throughout your home.

  • 3

    Myth: Annual Maintenance Isn't Necessary if the HVAC System is Running Smoothly

    Fact: Routine maintenance is crucial to keeping your system running efficiently, avoiding costly breakdowns. Even if you own a newer energy efficient HVAC system, keeping up with maintenance will keep it running longer.

  • 4

    Myth: The Location of the Thermostat Doesn't Affect Heating or Cooling

    Fact: The location of your thermostat is critical to maintaining temperature balance throughout your home. If it’s too close to an air vent it could turn off too soon, or if it’s near a window it could run unnecessarily long.

  • 5

    Myth: Manual Thermostats Are Just as Efficient as Programmable Thermostats

    Fact: Programmable thermostats allow you to set a temperature schedule to accommodate your heating and cooling needs throughout the day, thereby reducing energy costs.

  • 6

    Myth: It's Cheaper to Leave the HVAC On All Day Than to Turn It Off and On

    Fact: Constantly running the HVAC system when it's not needed wastes energy and money. It's more cost-effective to use a programmable thermostat that avoids turning the system off completely and only allows for a few degrees of temperature swing throughout the day to achieve ideal HVAC energy consumption.

  • 7

    Myth: HVAC Systems Only Affect Temperature

    Fact: Your HVAC system not only adjusts your temperature, but it also affects the humidity throughout your home, which can make your home feel warmer or colder than it actually is. High or low humidity can result in mold, static electricity issues, and physical discomfort.

  • 8

    Myth: Closing Doors to Unused Rooms Improves HVAC Efficiency

    Fact: Closing doors to unused rooms will not change the energy efficiency of your HVAC system in a noticeable way. In reality, having interior doors open may help promote air circulation throughout the home.

  • 9

    Myth: Bigger HVAC Units Are Always Better for Larger Homes

    Fact: Installing an oversized HVAC unit for your home can lead to inefficient operation and increased energy consumption. It's essential to properly size your HVAC system based on factors like square footage, insulation, and climate conditions to ensure optimal performance and energy efficiency.

  • 10

    Myth: HVAC Maintenance Is Only Necessary For Older Systems

    Fact: Regardless of age, all HVAC systems require regular maintenance to operate efficiently and reliably. Routine inspections, cleaning, and tune-ups help prevent breakdowns, extend the lifespan of your system, and maintain optimal energy efficiency.

Invest in a new HVAC with help from the Frontdoor New HVAC Program

Running your HVAC system as efficiently as possible and keeping up with routine maintenance is definitely a plus. But, like most things in life, your HVAC doesn’t last forever. Depending on region, the average lifespan of an HVAC is 10 to 15 years. If your system is approaching old age, it may be time to replace it. Luckily, the Frontdoor New HVAC Program can help. Here’s what you’ll get:

  • FREE in-person current system inspection and personalized quote from an experienced Pro
  • Access to special pricing—our members can save thousands* off national retail pricing
  • Select from name brands like Lennox, Goodman, Bryant and GrandAire with flexible payment options**
  • Shipment, delivery, and installation of all new equipment and disposal of your old system

If you’re not sure about the status of your HVAC, or just want another opinion, Frontdoor HVAC Experts are available over video chat to help you figure out if it’s time to repair, tune-up, or get a new unit.

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