When it comes to heating your home, there are many misconceptions out there that might be costing you a fortune. Below are some common heating myths as well as the real story on what you should and shouldn’t be doing this winter.
MYTH: Unless my furnace breaks down, I don’t need to think about replacing it.
Most people wait until their furnace stops working completely before considering the expense of replacement. If your system is over 10 years old or if you need smaller repairs on a regular basis, it might be time to consider a new system. More energy-efficient systems will save money in the long run and prevent an inconvenient breakdown in the dead of winter.
MYTH: Ceiling fans are only useful during the summer.
Because warm air rises, ceiling fans can be used to redirect that air back down into living spaces, especially if you have high ceilings. Simply switch your fan’s direction to enjoy the benefits.
MYTH: I don’t need service if my system is working.
Having your system serviced regularly ensures that everything is running at peak efficiency, saving you money in the long run. It’s also a valuable tool in diagnosing potential problems that could cost you a bundle later if left undetected.
MYTH: Using space heaters will reduce my heating bill.
Generally speaking, electricity is more costly than most heating systems so trying to heat with space heaters can end up costing you more. If you are finding it necessary to use space heaters because of inconsistent temperatures in your home, it might be an indication of a problem. Your system should be heating your whole house, and if it isn’t, it’s probably time for service.
MYTH: The larger the furnace, the better the heating.
Each home has an ideal size system based on square footage and layout. An oversized system will cost you more up front and will actually be less efficient in heating your home. The system will “short-cycle”, turning on and off more than necessary and result in undue system wear.
MYTH: Closing vents in unused rooms saves money.
Many people close vents in unused rooms thinking it will reduce heating bills. In reality, it causes heating systems to become unbalanced and ultimately work harder. Also, heat is naturally drawn into colder spaces, so by making rooms colder, heat will be pulled into those areas and away from where you want it.
MYTH: Turning off my heat when I leave saves money.
This myth is true and false. Turning your system off completely will result in undue stress when it’s turned on again and must run for an extended time to heat up your home. Instead, install a programmable thermostat. Set it to a lower temperature for when you will be out of the house and at night. This saves you money on your heating bill without straining your system.