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Common Myths About Home Heating Systems

As the weather gets colder, the furnace becomes crucial for maintaining indoor comfort. However, there are myths in circulation that can compromise safety, interfere with efficiency, and lead to some major repair expenses. Here are some of the most common furnace myths along with the facts to dispel them.

Cranking the Heat Up Warms the Home Quicker

Many homeowners believe that if they crank the heat, their houses will warm a whole lot quicker. Turning up the temperature will not heat the home faster because furnaces produce heat at a constant rate, so the temperature settings do not matter. The only thing that increasing the temperature will do is cause the furnace to run unnecessarily and increase your energy bills.

Shutting Vents in Unoccupied Rooms Saves Energy

Many draw this conclusion because it seems logical that shutting the vents in unoccupied rooms will save on energy costs since energy will not be wasted heating unused rooms. This is not true at all. Shutting the vents will actually make the furnace work harder. Pressure will build up inside the ducts, and energy costs can soar. Modern heating systems are built to evenly disperse heat, and shutting the vents can throw off this balance.

Electric Heaters Are Far More Energy-Efficient Than Furnaces

Some may believe that electrical heaters are more energy-efficient because they are not being used to heat an entire house, plus they are small. However, when these heaters are the primary heat source, they can drive up energy costs. Well-maintained furnaces that are highly energy-efficient will heat an entire home for less money.

Maintenance Is Not Necessary

Many believe that there is no reason to call a technician unless the furnace runs into an issue. However, regular maintenance can extend the lifespan of a heater and ensure it functions at peak performance. Furthermore, a technician can spot and mitigate problems before they become major issues. Experts recommend that maintenance be scheduled annually.

Do Not Replace the Furnace Unless It Fails Completely

Some believe that a furnace replacement is only necessary when the system completely fails. Waiting until this point to replace a furnace can lead to steep emergency replacement costs and significant discomfort. If your heater is nearing the end of its lifespan and needs frequent repairs, it is time to plan for a new installation. Replacing an old furnace with a newer model that is more energy-efficient will decrease your energy costs and improve your indoor comfort.

Understanding the facts surrounding home heating can help you make more informed decisions and keep your family safe. For help with maintaining your furnaces and ensuring your Newnan, GA home remains a safe and comfortable place to be, call E Dennis AC Inc. today.

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