3 Heating Myths

Published on: February 18, 2016
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The internet is full of tips, tricks, and advice on how to keep your home warmer in winter without spending extra money on heating costs. The right heating advice will help you out considerably, but the wrong advice can cost you more and leave you colder. When it comes to heating your Georgia home, separate the facts from the fiction to stay warm this winter.

Myth: To Zone Your Heating, Close Your Vents

When the HVAC technicians helped you pick and install a heating system, they zoned that system for your whole house. That means when you turn on the heat, it’s already calibrated to heat your entire square footage. Closing the vents doesn’t prevent your furnace from generating heat for your entire house. Instead, closing vents will unbalance the heating system, which means it has to work harder.

Myth: Turning the Thermostat Down Won’t Save Energy

You may have heard that you shouldn’t turn down the thermostat while you’re away at work because your furnace will waste extra energy heating the house up when you get home. While this is true if you completely turn your thermostat off, if you lower the temperature in your home by 10 degrees, you’ll save money and won’t put unnecessary pressure on your furnace to heat the house back up when you need it.

Myth: Run Space Heaters Instead of Gas to Save Money

A space heater is a great way to supplement your gas furnace’s heat if you need to warm up one room an extra degree or two. What they’re not good for is efficiently heating your entire home in lieu of your gas furnace. Space heaters are not energy-efficient options if you run them by themselves, because electricity is so much more expensive than gas.

If your home isn’t cool enough or you’d like to upgrade to a more energy-efficient home heating solution, AC Southeast® is your resource for finding a certified HVAC technician in your area. Search in your state today.