Common Myths About HVAC Systems

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As HVAC systems play a crucial role in our homes, it's important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to their maintenance and operation. In this blog post, we will debunk some of the most common myths surrounding HVAC systems and provide you with tangible tips to ensure optimal performance and longevity.

Myth 1: Closing Vents in Unused Rooms Saves Energy

Contrary to popular belief, closing vents in unused rooms does not save energy. In fact, it can actually harm your HVAC system. When you close vents, it disrupts the balance of airflow and causes pressure imbalances within the system. This can lead to increased strain on the blower motor and ductwork, potentially resulting in costly repairs.


  • Ensure all vents are open and unobstructed to maintain proper airflow.
  • Consider using zoning systems or programmable thermostats to control temperature in individual rooms.

Myth 2: Lowering the Thermostat Temperature Cools the Room Faster

Many believe that setting the thermostat to a lower temperature will cool the room faster. However, HVAC systems work at a consistent pace, regardless of the temperature setting. Setting the thermostat too low will only result in excessive cooling and energy wastage.


  • Set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature and allow the system to work consistently.
  • Consider using a programmable thermostat to optimize energy usage based on your schedule.

Myth 3: Regular Maintenance Is Unnecessary

Some homeowners believe that regular HVAC maintenance is an unnecessary expense. However, neglecting maintenance can lead to reduced efficiency, increased energy consumption, and potential breakdowns.


  • Schedule annual maintenance inspections with a professional HVAC technician.
  • Change air filters regularly to ensure proper airflow and indoor air quality.

Myth 4: Ceiling Fans Cool Rooms

While ceiling fans create a cooling sensation through increased air movement, they do not actually cool the room. Ceiling fans work by creating a wind chill effect on your skin, making you feel cooler. However, they do not lower the temperature in the room.


  • Use ceiling fans in conjunction with your HVAC system to enhance comfort and reduce reliance on air conditioning.
  • Remember to turn off fans when leaving the room to save energy.

Myth 5: Closing the Doors of Unused Rooms Reduces Energy Consumption

Although closing doors to unused rooms may seem like a logical energy-saving tactic, it can actually disrupt the airflow balance in your home. HVAC systems are designed to distribute conditioned air evenly throughout the house, and closing doors can impede this process.


  • Keep interior doors open to allow proper airflow and temperature regulation.
  • Consider using door vents or grilles to improve air circulation between rooms.

Intelligent Air Services, LLC

By debunking these common myths, we hope to empower homeowners to make informed decisions regarding their HVAC systems. Remember, regular maintenance, proper airflow, and efficient temperature settings are key to a well-functioning HVAC system.

If you need professional assistance with your HVAC system or have any further questions, Intelligent Air Services, LLC (iAir) is here to help. Contact us today to schedule a maintenance inspection or for any HVAC-related concerns.

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