4 Home Heating Myths And The Truth Behind Them

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When it comes to home heating management, there are many misconceptions that seem to spread among homeowners. If you want to make the most of your home heating system, it's important to see through these misconceptions to the truth behind them. Here are some common myths you should be aware of to help you keep your home both warm and safe.

MYTH: It's More Cost-Effective to Run Space Heaters Than a Gas Furnace

You might think that running space heaters in the rooms you're using will reduce your heating cost over the price of using your furnace. Electricity is often much more expensive and less efficient than natural gas, so it will cost you more over time to heat rooms that way than it would cost you to heat that same space with your furnace. Not to mention, space heaters may be convenient for urgent needs, but they can be hazardous if they tip over or overheat.

MYTH: You Should Shut Ceiling Fans Off in the Winter

Most people think of summer heat and the cooling benefits when thinking of ceiling fans. Because of this, it's common for people to think that ceiling fans should be shut off when the cool weather comes in. However, many new ceiling fans are equipped with a directional switch. By changing the direction of the fan when cool weather sets in, your fan will push the warm air down into your room. Since heat rises, much of the heat from your furnace is likely to collect near the ceiling. Keeping your ceiling fans running and turning them in the right direction can actually make your heat more efficient.

MYTH: When Looking for a Furnace, All You Need is the Efficiency Rating

The efficiency rating on a furnace is assigned after the furnace has been tested in a highly controlled environment. After the tests, the rating is assigned based on how efficiently it delivers heat. This measurement doesn't take other factors into account, including how loud the furnace is, what kind of warranty it includes or how easy it is to find parts for repairs. Although the efficiency rating is an important consideration, it shouldn't be the only deciding factor.

MYTH: Any Furnace Will Do – They Are All the Same

Many homeowners make the mistake of thinking that every furnace is alike. In fact, you'll find that there are furnaces available in many different price ranges, and you'll receive different benefits from each of those price groups.

The more efficient, quiet and long-lasting a furnace is built to be, the more expensive it is likely to be. The old saying that you get what you pay for can certainly be true in this case. The goal is to find the furnace that best suits your budget and your household needs.

As you can see, there are many misconceptions about household furnaces and their use. If you want to make sure that your home is warm and comfortable without breaking the bank, remember the facts behind these common myths. Contact a heating service like Colorado Comfort Systems for more information.

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