With winter approaching, you may be preparing your home for the lower temperatures. Considering around half of your home's energy usage goes towards heating and cooling, ensuring your system is in proper working condition is key to your family's comfort and your energy bills each season. Unfortunately, many homeowners lack the understanding needed to prepare their home for the heating season. By debunking these common myths, your contractor will help you prepare your furnace for efficient and effective heating this winter.
Set Thermostat Higher To Heat Home Faster
One common misconception many homeowners believe is that all they need to do is crank up the temperature on the thermostat to heat the home faster. Since the heating system moves heated air at the same flow rate no matter the conditions, this myth is definitely false.
If your home is cold, setting your thermostat to an 80-degree temperature will not make the home warmer any faster. Your system will only continue running, at the same speed and rate, until it reaches that temperature. Cranking up the thermostat will not heat your home any faster.
Closing Vents and Registers Helps Trap Heat
Most systems will distribute heat through the home evenly using a balanced pressure of a forced-air system. You may think closing your vents, registers, and doors will help trap heat in certain rooms of the house, but that is also a myth that needs to be addressed.
Closing your vents, registers, and doors will actually do more harm than good when heating your home this winter. Shutting these vents and doors will unbalance the pressure in your forced-air system, reducing air flow, and causing your system to work harder. This places more stress on your system, decreasing its lifespan while increasing the amount of energy needed to heat your home to its desired temperature.
Fixing your Furnace Will Save You Money
No matter how well you maintain your furnace, it will wear down over time. Here are a few signs your furnace is in distress:
- Uneven heating
- Abnormal noises
- Humidity problems
- High energy or gas bills
- Reduced air quality
In some instances, repairs can be made to bring your furnace back to its efficient and functional state. However, the average lifespan of a furnace is between 20 and 30 years. If you are noticing one or more of the above issues and your furnace is approaching the average lifespan age, replacing it will be a smarter financial decision.
Proper understanding is essential for operating your furnace. This guide and your contractor's help will educate you on the truth behind a few common myths when heating your home. To learn more, contact a company like Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc.