Eight Frequent Heating Myths Debunked

There are many myths out there about home heating that lead to confusion and inefficient furnace usage. It’s time to get the facts out there.

Here, the heating professionals at Norrell Service Experts get to the bottom of the eight most common myths to keep your home comfortable and lower your heating bills.

Myth 1: Sealing Shut Vents in Unused Rooms Saves Money

The thought that closing vents saves on heating spending is a prevalent misconception. But your heating equipment is designed to heat your residence with a balanced flow of return and supply air. Shutting vents throws off this balance, oftentimes leading to pressure buildup, overheating and more energy use. That is why you should keep at least 80% of your vents open all the time to promote even heating and more efficient energy use. If you’re interested in heating 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 requires more energy than keeping your thermostat at one temperature all the time. Although this has some truth to it, dialing back the temperature sometimes can lead to 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 up to 10% on your heating expenses. The only time this wouldn’t be true is if you are operating a a heat pump, which employs a backup electric resistance heater during the recovery period. Of course, you can solve this challenge with a special heat pump thermostat.

The best way to reap the benefits of setback periods is to install a programmable thermostat. This way, the temperature is once again at a a comfortable setting before you get home from work or wake up in the morning.

Myth 3: Setting the Thermostat Higher Heats the Home Faster

If you start feeling a chill, it may seem enticing to raise the temperature as high as you can. The thought here is that, like pushing down very hard on a gas pedal, raising the temperature higher heats the home more rapidly. But the truth 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 raise the temperature a degree or two to prevent overshooting your comfort zone and wasting energy.

Myth 4: Space Heaters Are an Effective Solution to Warm Cold Spots

Using space heaters to combat cold spots is not an ideal long-term solution. Your HVAC system is designed to heat your entire home, so if there are cold rooms, this is a sign there is an issue with your insulation or ductwork. Additionally, space heaters can be a danger if operated unattended. They also utilize a lot of power, leading to bigger energy bills.

Myth 5: You Don’t Need Preventive Furnace Maintenance

It’s a common misconception that if your HVAC system works, everything is fine, and it doesn’t need a tune-up. Additionally, many homeowners feel that a new furnace doesn’t require yearly maintenance for the first few years. However, all furnaces can use regular maintenance, regardless of how long they’ve been in service. Yearly tune-ups promote efficiency, prevent breakdowns and can extend system life span. A maintenance tune-up is also the ideal time for a technician to identify and fix little issues before they turn into bigger, more costly problems.

Myth 6: Don’t Get a New Furnace Until the Old One Quits

While you want to use your furnace for its entire lifetime, waiting for it to break down completely is not recommended. Timely furnace replacement avoids an emergency during cold weather. Certainly, 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: The Bigger the Furnace, the Better

When it comes to HVAC systems, buying the most powerful system does not mean you will have a warmer home. An oversized furnace can lead to frequent cycling, which is inefficient and wears out the system a lot quicker. Call a trusted heating and cooling professional, like the crew at Norrell Service Experts, who can help you choose an appropriate 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

Although the manufacturer is important, 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 most out of your investment.

Call Norrell Service Experts for Heating Service in Birmingham

Now that you know the cold, hard facts behind these heating myths, you’re ready to experience a more comfortable, energy-efficient home in Birmingham. For more help, reach out to Norrell Service Experts. We can solve all your comfort issues with quick, long-lasting solutions. All of our service is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee, meaning we’re not satisfied until you are. For expert service that makes a meaningful difference in your life, reach out to Norrell Service Experts. Call 205-267-0023 today to schedule an appointment!

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