Eight Popular Heating Myths Debunked

There are many myths out there about home heating that lead to confusion and inefficient furnace operation. 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 expenses is a prevalent misconception. But your heating unit is built to heat your residence with a balanced flow of return and supply air. Sealing up some of the vents throws off this balance, oftentimes leading to pressure buildup, overheating and greater energy use. For that reason you should keep at least 80% of your vents open continually to promote even heating and more efficient energy use. If you want to heat certain rooms more than others, look into installing a zoning system.

Myth 2: Maintaining a Constant Temperature Is More Efficient Than Raising and Lowering It

This myth comes from the idea that reheating a cold house takes more energy than leaving the thermostat alone. While this has some truth to it, dialing back the temperature sometimes can result in 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 a maximum of 10% on your heating bills. The only time this isn’t true is if you use a heat pump, which utilizes a backup electric resistance heater during the recovery period. Although, you can solve this challenge with a special heat pump thermostat.

The best way to reap the benefits of setback periods is to put in 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 you’re able. The thought here is that, like pushing down all the way on a gas pedal, raising the temperature real high heats the home quicker. But the stark reality is your heater works at the same rate regardless of how high the thermostat is set. If you’re cold, put on a sweater and turn up the temperature a degree or two to prevent overshooting your comfort zone and wasting power.

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

Using space heaters to eliminate cold spots is not a good long-term remedy to a heating problem. Your heating and air 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 a safety hazard if operated unattended. They also consume a lot of power, leading to increased energy bills.

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

It’s a common misconception that if your heating system runs, everything is fine, and it doesn’t need a tune-up. Similarly, many homeowners feel that a new furnace doesn’t need annual maintenance for the first few years. However, all furnaces can run better with regular maintenance, regardless of how old they are. Yearly tune-ups encourage efficiency, prevent breakdowns and can prolong system life span. A maintenance appointment is also the ideal time for a technician to find and correct minor issues before they turn into bigger, more costly problems.

Myth 6: You Shouldn’t Replace a Furnace Until It Breaks Down for Good

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

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

When it comes to HVAC systems, bigger is not always better. Installing a furnace that’s too powerful for your living space can lead to continual cycling, which is inefficient and wears out the system faster. Rely on the advice of a trusted heating and cooling professional, like the crew at Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, who can help you find an ideal 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

Though the manufacturer is relevant, the installation service provider is even more critical. Proper installation is crucial to efficient and effective operation. Research and locate an experienced and reputable company for furnace installation to get the biggest bang for your buck out of your investment.

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

Now that you know the real story behind these heating myths, you’re ready to appreciate a more comfortable, energy-efficient home in the U.S.. For more help, turn to Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We can address all your comfort troubles with fast, long-lasting solutions. Everything we do is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee, meaning we’re not satisfied until you are. For expert 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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