Ten Home Heating Myths You Should Not Miss

Posted on Oct 2 2013 - 11:08am by Adam Prattler


We all know how myths work especially after having read stories on blogs. One person hears a story that will be relayed to another with slight alteration. Repeat the process ten times, and a myth is born.

Myth 1

Portable heating units placed in individual rooms will save you more money than centralized heating system.

While it may be true that heating small room may require less energy, it does not necessarily mean that your electricity bills will decrease. In fact, it is five times more expensive to use electricity heating each room than what you pay for the gas to fuel centralized heating.

Myth 2

Setting the thermostat at constant temperature will save you energy and money.

Common reasoning is that it takes more energy to heat or cool a room than it is to maintain. Well, you can throw this all the way to the bin. It is still better to set the temperature a few degrees lower when no one is at home.

Programmable thermostats can do this job for you.

Myth 3

Energy-efficient furnace or air-conditioning will automatically reduce energy bill.

There has been a plethora of energy-saving furnace and air conditioning systems in the marketplace today. But, having these in place is not tantamount to saying you will automatically save money from electric bills.

In fact, improperly installed or sized (size of the tank) systems can cost you more money. 

Myth 4

Cranking the thermostat will make the furnace heats up the house faster.

Setting up the thermostat all the way to the highest setting will not heat up your homes faster. Furnaces are the ones responsible for delivering the heat. These are engineered for specific capacities.

The furnace will not generate more heat if you set the temperature higher. It will just heat your home for a longer period of time. Eventually, you will find yourself lowering the temperature to a few degrees because the room is too warm and no longer comfortable. Heat is wasted along with the fuel that it took to generate it.

Try practising a little patience once in awhile.

Myth 5

Leaving a ceiling fan on will cool an empty room.

What a fan does is to cool your skin and not the air. The temperature remains the same, but you feel more comfortable because it circulates the air inside the room. If a fan keeps running in an empty room, no one feels the benefits. Consequently, you are just wasting electricity.

Myth 6

Closing off vents will reduce energy (electricity or heating) consumption.

In a forced-air system, blocking the vent is a mortal sin. It will throw off your heating system’s balance, making it work harder and possibly shut down.

When you close the vents, some rooms will get colder. But the rule of thumb says that heat will move to areas with fewer concentrations. Eventually, the entire house will feel colder requiring you to set the thermostat higher.

Myth 7

Replacing the old windows will save you more money.

In theory, this really sounds great. But, to be more realistic, calculate the overall cost that it will take you to replace old windows with new ones claiming energy efficiency.

To save money, you might as well install weather strips on your exterior doors and procure inexpensive insulation to block drafts from electrical outlets and spaces surrounding the pipes.

Myth 8

A duct tape is good enough to seal ducts and cracks.

Duct tapes can be used in a lot of housework, but not with dirty areas such as heating systems. Do not gamble on duct tapes especially when we are talking about possible carbon monoxide leaks from cracks on heat exchangers.

Myth 9

Fiberglass insulation helps maintain coolness inside your home.

Fiberglass works better in keeping hot air inside your homes. This material slows down the migration of heat energy.

Myth 10

Hardwood flooring works best with radiant heating system.

The camaraderie between a properly designed and installed radiant heating system and wood does not depend on the kind of material of the latter. Problems such as warping, cracking and splitting are not brought about by the heat, but changes in moisture in the air inside your home. Proper control of internal humidity is essential in maintain wood flooring of any kind.

Wherever there is a promise of bigger savings, the crowd will surely follow. The rise of DIY solutions (thanks to social media) has vastly influenced the proliferation of myths nowadays. Some works fine, others are just make-believe efficient.

Whenever there is a pinch-sized doubt in your head, ask the experts. This is the best myth-busting effort.

Sharing my experience, I’ve had a wonderful experience asking advice from heating system install specialists in Auburn VA that showed me the ins and outs of heating systems. Its through the knowledge that they imparted that I am able to share this guide to you now. I hope it helped!

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