Avoid These Common Heating Myths
While it might seem a little weird, the internet is full of odd little heating myths. These myths are circulated among HVAC-centric websites, blogs, and forums, and while they may seem to contain some logical, these myths, like all myths, are totally false. Here at North Central Florida Air Conditioning, Inc., we want all of our Gainesville customers to be as informed as possible when it comes to their homes heating system. While Florida is not historically known for having the coldest winters, or cold winters at all really, it can still get a little balmy on occasion. It’s during these moments that you want to be sure your home’s furnace is working properly. To make sure your furnace is as healthy as possible, avoid these common myths as they can actually lead to unintended damage.
Myth 1: Closing Your Vents Will Save You Money
This is one of those heating myths that everyone has heard at least once in their life. Logically, the idea makes sense. If you close the vents of your home’s duct system then less heat will get out, meaning that your furnace is producing less warm air, right? Wrong, so wrong in fact that it will make any HVAC repairman shake his head in quiet, yet harsh, judgment. Nearly every modern home is equipped with a forced-air heating system. These systems aim to equalize the pressure inside of your home in order to more effectively distribute the warm air that the system produces. By closing your vents, all you are doing is making your system work harder to balance the air pressure inside of your home. Your furnace can’t really tell the difference between an open or closed vent, all it can notice is that the air pressure is off. If you want to save money, leave your vents open and just turn down the thermostat.
Myth 2: Setting Your Thermostat to a High Temperature Will Quickly Heat Your Home
Speaking of thermostats, this is another myth that, when first looked at, kind of makes sense. Say you get home and it’s 65 degrees inside. Being from Gainesville, this temperature feels more like 45 to you, so you crank your thermostat up to 90 and let it run. Doing this is not only an ineffective way to heat your home, it’s a great way to increase your energy or gas bill. You see, setting your thermostat to a higher temperature doesn’t make your home heat up faster, it just means that your furnace will blast out heat until the temperature inside of your home matches the setting on the thermostat. Your furnace produces heat at the same rate no matter the setting. If you’re desperately waiting for your home to heat up, we suggest you set your thermostat to a reasonable setting, such as 75, and combat the cold with a blanket until your home heats up.
Myth 3: Never Adjust Your Thermostat
This myth, above all others, is the one we hate the most. Too often people treat their thermostats like one of those rotisserie ovens you see on late night infomercials; they set it and forget it. While we’re not suggesting that you constantly adjust your thermostat throughout the day, it is advantageous to change it up every once in awhile. Example, if you work eight hours a day, what is the point of keeping your home heated that entire time? If no one is in your home during the day it doesn’t really make sense, financially, to keep your home heated that entire time. While plunging your home’s temperature during the day and then drastically raising it when you get home is not advisable, a slight adjustment of 2 degrees or so can go a long way in saving you money. However, if you know you are going to be gone from your home for an extended period of time we strongly recommend that you leave your thermostat setting low. While your furnace will have to work a little harder to reheat your home, the amount of money you save by not heating your home while you are gone will outweigh the extra energy it takes to reheat it.
If you’re in need of heating repair in the Gainesville area, contact that experts at North Central Florida Air Conditioning, Inc. We have the knowledge, tools, and experience necessary to ensure that your furnace will keep you warm all winter long.