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March 23, 2016

Common Home Heating Myths—DEBUNKED!

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warm-winter-houseWhen it comes to heating your home, there are a lot of opinions on how to best manage your comfort. We are here to debunk some common heating myths so you can stay comfortable and get the most out of your heating system.

  • Closing registers does not redirect heat to where you need it most. Your furnace is meant to operate efficiently according to your home’s square footage—closing vents causes blockages which makes your furnace work harder and cycle incorrectly.
  • Turning your thermostat up does not heat your home faster. Because your furnace can only warm up as fast as it’s capable of, it costs you more money on energy bills and has no effect on your immediate indoor comfort. A system that runs less uses less energy—maintain a consistent temperature in your home and avoid drastic adjustments to save on heating costs.
  • Furnace maintenance is necessary for all systems, not just older systems. We recommend furnace maintenance to keep your system clear and operating efficiently. Plus, it allows us to catch minor issues before they become big problems that cost you a lot in repairs.
  • Adjusting your thermostat is not inefficient. In fact, setting your thermostat to adjust temperatures automatically while you’re asleep or away from home can save you money on energy bills.
  • A larger furnace does not mean more comfort. The size of your heating system needs to fit your home, otherwise you risk paying more on energy bills and shortening your unit’s life cycle because of inefficient operation. Don’t opt for the larger system—choose a correctly sized unit that will cycle properly.