When it comes to heating your home and your home’s HVAC system, there are a number of misconceptions. Properly understanding your home heating system can help to ensure that your system is reliable and efficient; on the other hand, if you believe everything hear, these myths can lead to costly problems and even damage to your HVAC system. Below are 5 home heating myths it’s time to learn the truth about to help you stay comfortable and save energy all winter long.
Myth 1 – Setting Your Thermostat To Extreme Levels Makes Your System Work Faster
- 1 Myth 1 – Setting Your Thermostat To Extreme Levels Makes Your System Work Faster
- 2 Myth 2 – Closing Air Vents In Rooms That Aren’t Used Often Increases The Efficiency Of Your Heating System
- 3 Myth 3 – A Bigger Furnace is Better
- 4 Myth 4 – Change Your Air Filter Annually
- 5 Myth 5 – There’s No Benefit To Adjusting Your Thermostat When Nobody’s Home
- 6 PFO, the Trusted Name in Home Heating
Whether you’re heating or cooling your home, your HVAC system works at the same rate regardless of the temperature that’s been set. When it comes to home heating (or cooling), your system only has one speed. When a temperature is set, the system simply runs continuously until that desired temperature is achieved.
Setting your thermostat to an extreme temperature isn’t damaging in and of itself. However, if you forgot to adjust the temperature, your system will operate for an extended period of time under extreme amounts of stress. This can lead to premature wear and costly repairs.
Myth 2 – Closing Air Vents In Rooms That Aren’t Used Often Increases The Efficiency Of Your Heating System
As logical as it might seem, closing air vents in rooms that you don’t use very often doesn’t actually improve your furnace’s efficiency. It essentially has the opposite effect as it causes an imbalance of pressure in your home and can force air into those rooms, which can actually stress your system and lower its efficiency.
Myth 3 – A Bigger Furnace is Better
When it comes to purchasing a new furnace for your home it’s important to get the right size for the square footage of your home, while taking into account things like ceiling height and layout. A furnace that’s too big for your home will cycle on and off more frequently, which will use an unnecessary amount of energy. An experienced and reputable HVAC technician from a company like Princeton Fuel Oil (PFO) can help you choose a furnace model and size to properly suit your home.
Myth 4 – Change Your Air Filter Annually
Ensuring that you change your air filter on a regular basis is important, and it’s generally part of any annual inspection and maintenance by professional HVAC companies. Unfortunately, many people think this is the only time their furnace’s filter needs changing. Ideally, your furnace filter should be replaced every few months. This ensures that the air in your home is properly cleaned and thoroughly circulates.
Myth 5 – There’s No Benefit To Adjusting Your Thermostat When Nobody’s Home
This myth has slowly been debunked over the years as homeowners become more educated and slowly begin installing smart thermostats. Adjusting your thermostat and the temperature of your home when you’re not there or when you’re sleeping can help reduce your energy bill and save you money.
PFO, the Trusted Name in Home Heating
Hopefully now these home heating system myths have been cleared up so you can start to maximize your energy savings and home comfort for the winter months. For more information about optimizing the efficiency of your heating system contact PFO today: 1-800-253-9001.