Don’t let the common myths about heating leave you with a cold house and high energy bills!
Though spring is almost here, we still have a few more weeks of cold weather ahead, which means that you’ll be relying on your heater for just a little bit longer. If you would like to make the most of your heat for the last few remaining weeks of winter without having to deal with high energy bills, then you’ve come to the right place. The experienced HVAC contractors at Tri-Elite Advisors are dedicated to helping you stay comfortable without breaking the bank, and that’s why we’ve put together this list of common heating myths that could be increasing your energy bills:
Myth #1. You’ll save more money by using space heaters.
No one wants to pay more for their heating than they have to, but unfortunately, many people end up wasting even more energy in their attempts to cut corners. One of the most common ways people try to save on their heating costs is by using space heaters instead of their gas heating systems. The fact of the matter is that natural gas is a lot cheaper than electricity. If you were to try to heat your entire home with space heaters, you’d have to pay up to five times as much as you would if you heat your home with your gas heating system.
Myth #2. The higher you crank the thermostat, the faster your home will get warm.
Many people think that, if they turn up their thermostat more, their house will get warmer faster, but no matter how much we wish this were true, it’s just a myth. The truth is that your furnace will heat your home at the same rate, regardless of what temperature you set the thermostat on. By turning your thermostat up higher, you’re merely making your heater stay on for a longer period of time, and if you forget to turn it back down, you’ll end up wasting energy just to have a too-warm house.
Myth #3. You can reduce your heating bill by closing vents in rooms you aren’t using.
Why should you pay to heat a room no one is in? Unfortunately, this just isn’t how your HVAC system is supposed to function. Your HVAC system is designed to heat your entire home to the temperature you set on your thermostat. If you close vents to certain rooms, you can actually end up wasting more energy because your HVAC system will be continuously attempting to pump warm air in the closed off rooms to keep the temperature consistent in your home. Make sure your vents are open and that they are unobstructed by furniture or anything else.
When you want to save energy and money on a monthly basis, a little knowledge can go a long way. These are just a few of the many myths about home heating, and in our next blog, our HVAC contractors in West Chester will be going over the last few. Please contact our HVAC contractors for all of your HVAC needs, and be sure to stay tuned for our next blog to learn the truth about more home heating myths.