Debunking 3 common winter heating myths

Colder temperatures are creeping closer, which means that it’s time to find ways to make your heating system more efficient. Unfortunately, there are number of myths when it comes to heating and cooling your home. We’re here to debunk many of the common heating myths you’ve heard over the years. Learn what will reduce your heating costs but also make your HVAC system perform more efficiently.

 

Myth #1: Readjusting the thermostats decreases efficiency

This is false. In fact, thermostats should be changed regularly depending on what is happening inside your home. The ideal temperature to set a thermostat on is between 60 to 65 degrees, though most individuals like to set the thermostat up to 68 degrees. To save on higher heating costs, opt for a lower temperature on the thermostat and bundled up with a blanket and a heavy sweater.

 

If you plan to leave your home, set your thermostat to 55 degrees. This is the lowest your thermostat should be set. Any longer and your pipes are at risk for freezing. It’s best to only turn your thermostat down this low if you are leaving for an extended period of time.

 

Myth #2: Furnace maintenance does not need to occur every winter

In order to keep your energy bill low and cost-effective, it’s essential to have your HVAC system checked once a year. A HVAC technician will make sure that your unit is in working order and can usually forewarn homeowners of potential leaks or damage. Keeping your unit in tip-top shape and efficiently running with yearly maintenance checks.

 

Myth #3: Close vents to save heating costs

Unfortunately, simply closing a heating vent does not reduce on heating costs. In fact, most newer HVAC systems are programmed to equally distribute heat throughout the home. By closing a vent it cause an imbalance in the home’s heating network. This causes the HVAC system to work harder to evenly distribute heat throughout your home.

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