Eight Popular Heating Fallacies Debunked

There are many myths out there about home heating that lead to confusion and inefficient furnace usage. It’s time to set the record straight.

Here, the heating specialists at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing debunk the eight most common myths to keep your home comfortable and lower your heating bills.

Myth 1: Sealing Shut Vents in Unused Rooms Saves on Heating Bills

The idea that closing vents saves on heating spending is a common misconception. But your heating unit is built to heat your entire house with a balanced flow of return and supply air. Shutting vents throws off this balance, oftentimes leading to pressure buildup, overheating and more energy use. For that reason you should keep at least 80% of your vents open continually to facilitate even heating and more efficient energy use. If you’re interested in heating certain rooms more than others, you may be interested in installing a zoning system.

Myth 2: Setting Your Thermostat and Then Leaving It Alone Is More Efficient Than Raising and Lowering It

This myth stems from the idea that reheating a cold house takes more energy than keeping your thermostat at one temperature all the time. Even though this has some truth to it, dialing back the temperature sometimes can produce energy savings. The U.S. Department of Energy states that scheduling a 7- to 10-degree setback period for eight hours a day can save as much as 10% on your heating costs. The only time this is not true is if you have a heat pump, which employs a backup electric resistance heater during the recovery period. Of course, you can solve this dilemma with a special heat pump thermostat.

The best way to reap the benefits of setback periods is to set up a programmable thermostat. When you do this, the temperature adjusts back to a comfortable setting before you get home from work or wake up in the morning.

Myth 3: Setting the Thermostat Really High is the Fastest Way to Heat a Cold Home

If you start feeling a chill, it’s tempting to raise the temperature as high as possible. The thought here is that, like pushing down very hard on a gas pedal, raising the temperature to a very high temperature heats the home quicker. But the simple truth is your heater works at the same rate no matter how high the thermostat is set. If you’re cold, put on a sweater and increase the temperature a degree or two to prevent overshooting your comfort zone and wasting energy.

Myth 4: Space Heaters Are a Good Way to Heat Cold Spots

Using space heaters to deal with cold spots is not an ideal long-term solution. Your HVAC system is designed to heat your entire home, so if there are cold spots, this suggests an issue with your insulation or ductwork. Additionally, space heaters can be dangerous if operated unattended. They also use a lot of energy, leading to increased energy bills.

Myth 5: There’s No Need for a Tune-Up if the Furnace Works Fine

It’s a common belief that if your heating system is working, everything is fine, and it doesn’t need a tune-up. Similarly, many homeowners believe that a new furnace doesn’t require seasonal maintenance for the first few years. However, all furnaces can run better with regular maintenance, regardless of age. Seasonal tune-ups increase efficiency, prevent breakdowns and can increase system life span. A maintenance call is also the ideal time for a technician to diagnose and correct little issues before they turn into bigger, more costly problems.

Myth 6: Wait for the Furnace to Break Down Before Replacing It

Even though you want to utilize your furnace for its entire life, waiting for it to break down completely is not a good idea. Proactive furnace replacement prevents an emergency during cold weather. Certainly, it’s an investment, but new, more energy-efficient models can save you a surprising amount on your energy bills and increase overall home comfort.

Myth 7: When It Comes to Furnace Size, Bigger Is Better

When it comes to HVAC systems, it’s not a good idea to pick the biggest unit possible. An oversized furnace can lead to continual cycling, which is inefficient and wears out the system faster. Call a trusted heating and cooling professional, like the crew at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, who can help you find a properly sized furnace for your home based on factors like square footage, layout and climate.

Myth 8: Buying a Certain Brand of Furnace Is the Way to Get a Warm Home

While the manufacturer is one of the factors you should consider when getting a new system, the installation service provider is even more critical. Correct installation is absolutely essential to efficient and effective operation. Research and select an experienced and reputable company for furnace installation to get the maximum return from your investment.

Call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for Heating Service in the U.S.

Now that you know the cold, hard facts behind these heating myths, you’re ready to enjoy a more comfortable, energy-efficient home in the U.S.. For more help, turn to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We can solve all your comfort problems with quick, long-lasting solutions. Everything we do is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee, meaning we’re not satisfied until you are. For professional service that makes a real difference in your life, please contact Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. Call 866-397-3787 today to schedule an appointment!

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