You have probably heard of and believed in a lot of home heating tricks from your friends or family. Some of them may be true and effective, while others are not true. Save every hard-earned dollar this cold season as we share these home heating myths you should stop believing.
Setting The Thermostat Too High Will Heat Your Home FastMany homeowners often fall for this old wives’ tale thinking that it works effectively. The truth is, your system delivers the heated air at a constant rate, and setting the thermostat too high won’t help heat your home faster. Instead, your heating system will consume more energy and run longer to reach the desired temperature.
Closing The Vents & Registers In Unused Rooms Will Save MoneyClosing the vents and registers in unused rooms is wasting energy and money. It creates pressure imbalance which adds strain to your unit. Your system will have to work harder to heat your home. Also, it can wear down your equipment’s components faster, resulting in frequent repairs.
The Bigger, The BetterAn oversized system will quickly heat your home and more likely to run short cycles. As a result, it uses more energy to meet your heating demands. To help you choose the right size, consult your local HVAC technician. Let your contractor perform a load calculation and provide you with free estimates.
A High-Efficiency Furnace Is All You NeedThe secret to maximum comfort and savings lies in these maintenance tasks:
- Replace the air filters every three months.
- Schedule a tune-up service regularly.
- Add insulation to your home.
- Use a programmable thermostat.
- Check for drafts and replace old weather stripping. Seal the cracks and gaps properly.
- Leave the vents and registers open. Keep them clean and clear of any obstructions.