Sunday marks April 1st, also known as April Fool’s Day. There is no doubt that you will proceed with caution on this day lest you fall for someone’s shenanigans.

What you need to know is that there is a lot of misinformation out there, not just on April Fool’s Day or on social media. When it comes to taking care of your furnace and air conditioner, you want to hear the truth from Total Care Heating and Air, your air conditioning repair service in Ontario.

It is unfortunate that there are all too many myths about your HVAC system that just won’t go away. These fake facts are costing homeowners real money in repairs, high energy costs and frustration. Let’s take a closer look at HVAC falsehoods and myths.

Leave Those Ceiling Fans on All of the Time

The ceiling fans in your home cool off your body, they don’t cool down the room. You feel cooler under a ceiling fan because it is blowing air on your sweaty skin. While a ceiling fan can make you feel cooler, it won’t cool the space in the room.

If you leave any type of fan on when there is nobody around, you are just wasting electricity.

Another myth is that some people think turning fans on in the house will make your air conditioner run less. But as we mentioned before, fans don’t cool the air, so your air conditioner has to work the same amount of time to cool a room with a fan as it does a room without a fan.

HVAC Maintenance is a Waste of Money

If you believe this, you are the type who never takes their car in for an oil change.

This is a huge misconception. We get it, though, it is natural to be a bit skeptical of anyone who is trying to sell you a service when everything is functioning properly. But if an HVAC company wanted to make more money, all they have to do is advise you against having yearly maintenance. This way, they can make a heck of a lot more money in repairs than in scheduled maintenance.

When your air conditioner or furnace is healthy and efficient, you will save money on repairs. An annual inspection means that small problems are caught right away and don’t turn into huge, expensive repairs.

You Will Want a Bigger Air Conditioner

Bigger is always better, right? Not when it comes to your air conditioner. Never equate the size of your air conditioner with the level of comfort you will experience. You need the proper size air conditioner based on the size of your home.

A unit that is too big for your home will cost more to install and the operating costs will be higher. You are also likely to have issues with it including frequent on and off cyclings and poor air distribution.

Close the Vents

People somehow seem to think that if you close the vents in a room that is used very little, it will save you money. The truth is that your HVAC system will use the same amount of energy no matter how many vents you have open or closed.

Your furnace and your air conditioner are designed for a certain amount of space and a certain amount of vents. All vents should be open at all times to ensure your HVAC system is running efficiently. Blocking or other closing vents is a foolish thing to do.

Duct Tape Can Fix Anything

No, it can’t. We guarantee you that nobody is boarding a plane that has been repaired with duct tape. And we are quite certain that duct tape won’t repair many problems that can happen with your furnace or air conditioner.

Yet somehow, many people still believe that sealing a leak in your ductwork with duct tape is a good idea. Well, it’s not.

A tightly sealed duct system is key in the efficiency of your furnace and air conditioner and it is important for your health. Duct tape does an extremely poor job of sealing off the leaks you find in your duct system. If you find a leak, you should call a professional to have it repaired. At the very least, you could repair it with aluminum foil tape or other products made specifically for duct leaks.

But even if you do know what you are doing when it comes to duct repairs, there are likely parts of your duct system that you simply cannot access, in which case you will want to give us a call.

You will Save Money by Turning Your Air Conditioner Off When You Leave the Home

Not really. When you get back home, your house will be very hot and your air conditioner will have to work super hard and super long to cool it down. Keeping your home relatively cool while you are away at work is your best option.

Don’t be fooled by these myths. Contact Total Care Heating and Air for a checkup today.