As winter approaches, many homeowners will start thinking about how they will keep their homes warm. And while there are many myths about heating your home, we're here to set the record straight! In this blog post, HRC Climate Services will dispel some of the most common winter heating myths and help you stay warm all season long!
Myth #1: Cranking Up The Heat Will Heat Your Home Faster
If you're trying to warm up your home quickly, turning up the thermostat is not the way to do it. In fact, cranking up the heat can actually make your home take longer to reach a comfortable temperature! Instead, try opening the curtains on sunny days to let some sunshine in. The natural light will add extra heat. This will help you feel warmer without wasting energy by heating your entire home.
Myth #2: Relying on Space Heaters is Enough to Heat Your Home
While many homeowners look for multiple ways to stay warm during the winter, that doesn’t mean you should rely on space heaters as your primary source of heat. While space heaters can be effective in certain situations, there are a lot of dangers associated with them. Space heaters are one of the leading causes of house fires each year and can be a safety hazard if not used properly. Another problem with space heaters is that they can be very expensive to operate. If you're not careful, you could end up spending a lot of money on your electric bill each month.
Myth #3: Closing Your Vents in Unused Rooms Will Make Other Rooms Warmer
Most people think that closing the vents in one room of their house will make the other rooms warmer. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. Closing your vents can lead to decreased energy efficiency and higher heating costs. When you close vents in unused rooms, your heating system will try to force the heat out of the vents, causing it to overwork itself. A stressed heating system can result in a breakdown if you’re not careful. We recommend keeping all of your vents open for even air circulation.
Myth #4: Turning the Heat Off Every Time You Leave the House Will Save You Money
Leaving the heat off every time you leave the house might seem like a good way to save money on your energy bill, but it's actually not. In fact, there are a few reasons why you should never turn your heat off completely when you're not home. Turning off your heat can cause your energy bill to go up in the long run. If you turn your heat off every time you leave the house, your furnace will have to work a lot harder when you do come home. This can lead to higher energy bills and increased wear and tear on your furnace.
Myth #5: Heating Maintenance Isn’t Necessary
Heating maintenance is something that homeowners often overlook. However, it is an important task that should not be ignored! Heating maintenance is important because it can help improve the efficiency of your heating system. When your system is well-maintained, it will not have to work as hard to heat your home, which can save you money on your energy bills. Additionally, a well-maintained system is less likely to break down, which can avoid costly repairs or replacements.
As you can see, there are quite a few heating myths that you should be aware of. At , we want you to be comfortable in your home during the winter season, so don’t hesitate to give us a call at (801) 850-0040 or fill out our online contact form if you have any questions about how to use your heater this season efficiently.