3 Common Heating Myths Debunked
There is a lot of “conventional wisdom” out there pertaining
to heating and heating systems. Just because it’s called wisdom, though, does
not necessarily make it good advice. It may not even be true, for that matter.
Here are three common heating myths you should be aware of.
Myth #1: An operational heating system is a happy heating
Just as all people from Germany are Europeans, but not all
Europeans are German, the mere fact that your heating system is working does not necessarily mean that it is in great
Furnaces, fans and other heating components can keep on
chugging along, even if they are in need of maintenance or repair. However,
they are often working nearly as well as they should or could be. For example,
a furnace with a dirty filter will still work for a while, but not as
efficiently, so it will cost more to operate. That is, until the filter becomes
too clogged and the whole thing breaks down.
To make sure your heating system is working right, listen
for unusual or loud noises, observe to see if it stays on longer than usual to
heat a room to the same temperature and check the filter regularly.
Myth #2: Changing the filter is enough.
Cleaning and/or changing your furnace filter are great
practices to get into. It not only increases the efficiency of your furnace and extends its life; it also improves
your home’s air quality.
However, that should not be the extent of your furnace
maintenance routine. In addition to checking the filter, vacuum your vents once
a month. Keep your furnace room clean to avoid having debris and dirt sucked up
into the fan. For fuel burning furnaces, check the pilot light to make sure it
is burning clean and bright.
And, of course, have your whole heating system inspected at
least once a year to keep it in pristine operating condition.
Myth #3: The higher the thermostat is set, the faster the
house will heat up.
This is a common misconception, and at first, it seems to
make logical sense.
However, upping the setting on the thermostat only changes
the maximum temperature that the furnace heats to, not the rate at which it
heats. Your furnace will heat your home at the same rate no matter what the
thermostat setting is. A higher setting just means the furnace will be on
longer and waste more energy.
Instead, simply set the thermostat at a reasonable
temperature and be patient.
Avoid these three myths and you can save money both now and
in the future. And if you’re ever unsure about how to maintain or keep up with
your HVAC systems, call in a professional. Even if your system isn’t due for
maintenance, it is good to learn what’s next on your to do list.
Do You Need a New HVAC System This Fall?
Think back to winter. How did your heating system hold up?
Was your family warm and comfortable all season long? Did you frequently
struggle and fight with your furnace to get it working right? Were your energy bills
through the roof? Depending on your answers to these questions, it may be time
to think about a new heating system. In fact, for maximum efficiency and
savings, this fall may be the best time for you to upgrade your whole HVAC
system, including cooling.
New System = Savings
The biggest argument that most homeowners have against
upgrading their HVAC equipment is the cost. Yes, getting new HVAC equipment is
an expense. And yes, it can be quite costly. However, new HVAC systems are so
efficient and pay for themselves so quickly with savings on your energy bill
that they should be considered a sound investment, especially when switching
from older systems. Whether you heat your home with oil, gas or electric heat,
a new, efficient system can save you plenty on your monthly bill.
Aside from saving on routine costs, there is also the matter
of repair costs. Have you had to have your HVAC system repaired in the last
year, aside from routine maintenance? Repairs can be expensive, and if you have
an older system that breaks down frequently, the costs can really add up.
When you also consider the hassle of fussing with an old
HVAC system and the convenient comfort of a new model, you may realize it is
time to upgrade.
Not Just Heating
When looking at a new heating system, you may want to
consider upgrading the rest of your HVAC system as well. Although it seems
counterintuitive to upgrade your cooling system just before winter, there are
The main benefit of upgrading your heating and cooling
systems is that you can get what is called a matched system, in which all the
components are designed by the manufacturer to work with one another. This
creates maximum efficiency, which meets the ultimate in comfort and savings for
you and your family.
With fall upon us, and winter not far behind, now is the
time to think about whether your home could benefit from an HVAC upgrade.