Debunking 3 Common Home Heating Myths

Posted on: 2 February 2015

If you're a homeowner, there's a good chance you'll have to have professional heating repair performed at some point in your life-- or perhaps you already have. Either way, heating repairs can be quite expensive, depending on the specific part that needs to be serviced or replaced. By being aware of the truth behind a few of the most common heating myths, however, you can prolong the life of your home's heating system and save yourself some money over time.

Myth 1: Cranking Your Thermostat Will Heat Your Home Faster

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when it comes to the operation of their home furnaces is cranking up the thermostat as soon as temperatures outside drop. Many homeowners do this under the false assumption that doing so will help heat the home faster. However, this couldn't be further from the truth. In reality, all it will do is to make your furnace work harder than it needs to in order to heat your home to a temperature that's going to be uncomfortably hot. Instead, keep your thermostat at a consistent, comfortable temperature to cut down on wear and tear on the furnace.

Myth 2: Ceiling Fans Are Only Useful During Summertime

Another myth surrounding your home heating system is that ceiling fans shouldn't be used during the winter time. After all, they're only good for cooling down a space, right? Not necessarily. Most ceiling fans have two settings on them; one that moves fan blades clockwise and one that moves them counter-clockwise. Turning your ceiling fans to the clockwise position will actually blow air down from the top of your room's ceiling towards the bottom. Since hot air rises, that's warmer air that'll be circulated through the room, keeping you more comfortable without having to run your furnace any higher.

Myth 3: Closing Unused Air Registers Will Increase Energy Efficiency

Finally, don't fall for the myth that shutting your air registers in unused rooms will boost energy efficiency. In fact, the opposite tends to be true. Your home's heating system is designed to operate most efficiently with all ducts and registers in operation. When you shut some air registers in the home, you throw off the balance of your heating system, causing it to work harder than it needs to. For the best results, keep all air registers open in your home when you have your furnace running--even in rooms you don't use.

Consult an HVAC professional, such as Mitchell Plumbing & Heating Inc, for further tips and information