During the winter months, we all want to keep our home comfortably warm while not spending too much money. Unfortunately, there are a lot of furnace myths that are circulating on the internet and by word of mouth. These furnace myths won’t actually save you money and may harm your furnace resulting in necessary service repair. In this blog, we tackle some of the most common furnace myths around energy savings during the chilly winter months.
Myth: You should close the vents and registers of your ductwork in the rooms you aren’t actively using to save money.
This is actually the opposite of what you should do. Closing your vents and registers makes your furnace work harder to heat your home, which results in higher utility bills and possibly service repair down the road. Furnace systems are more advanced these days. Their technology determines the appropriate balance of pressures needed in each room so it can heat the home evenly without hot or cold spots. Closing and/or even blocking vents and registers disrupts this pressure balance and makes your system work harder to achieve the appropriate balance. All that to say, keep your registers and vents open and make sure furniture and other household items aren’t blocking them.
Myth: You should use duct tape to seal your ductwork.
Duct tape will not hold up over time as a proper sealant for your duct work. It might be a great temporary fix for broken items around your house, but do not use it on your duct work. At Miller’s Heating & Air, we seal our customer’s duct work using mastic tape. This tape is meant for HVAC ducts and will last hold the seal throughout the life of your system.
If you are looking to lower your utility bills, making sure your ducts are properly sealed is important. In fact, up to 20-40% of heated air is lost through holes in your homes duct work. Feel free to contact us for a free quote on service repair of your duct work.
Myth: To heat your home more quickly set the thermostat to a higher temperature.
Turning up the temperature on your thermostat will not heat your home quicker. Your furnace will heat your home at the same rate no matter what temperature you set the thermostat at. In fact, this will only raise your utility bills as your home will be heated to an overall higher temperature.
We recommend never turning off your furnace completely in the winter. It takes a lot of energy to heat you’re your home to your desired temperature if you turn off your furnace and then turn it back on. Instead, just turn down the temperature in your home when you are sleeping or when you leave the house. This will save you money on your utility bills.
Myth: If you make changes to your thermostat, it will increase your energy bills.
Your energy bills will only increase if you make drastic temperature changes to your thermostat. It is a good idea to during the winter to set the temperature slightly lower in your home while you are sleeping or when you are away from the house. However, you don’t want to set the temperature too cold otherwise. We recommend not changing the temperature more than five degrees. Otherwise, it takes a lot of energy for your furnace to heat the cold room back up and will actually raise your utility bills.
Myth: The only way to lower your heating bills is to have an energy-efficient furnace.
Though installing an energy-efficient furnace is a great way to lower your utility bills, but it’s not the only way. There are other improvements that you can make on your HVAC system that will work in tandem with your high efficiency furnace to save you money. These HVAC improvements include, but are not limited to:
- Schedule an annual maintenance on your furnace
- Change your filter frequently
- Seal and clean your ductwork
- Lower your thermostat a few degrees during winter
Myth: You don’t need a licensed HVAC company to maintain your furnace.
The number one way you can help your system avoid needing a service repair is to schedule an annual maintenance on your furnace. Over 90% of mechanical furnace breakdowns are due to the buildup of dirt on the unit. During an annual maintenance on your furnace, the service technician will not only clean your unit, but also complete a safety check and let you know if any parts need to be replaced. Manufacturer require that you complete an annual maintenance on your furnace in order to keep your manufacturer warranties active.
It’s better to take the time to schedule an annual maintenance on your furnace otherwise you may end up with no heat during a cold winter day and an expensive repair bill. Do you need to schedule a service repair or have questions about furnace myths? Give us a call today!