Winter Heating Myths

5 Common Heating Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

Depending on how cold your home is this winter, you may feel the need to take several different measures to keep your home warm. You may even find yourself asking friends and family what they do to keep their homes warm in the winter and try their suggestions out for yourself.

While some suggestions and alternatives to keep your home warm are true, most are old myths that have been passed down from generation to generation. Our team at AirCon Service Company is here to debunk certain myths that could be causing damage to your heater and costing you more money over time.

Here are some very old myths that have proven to be untrue.

Myth #1: Closing Vents in Unused Rooms Helps Save Money

If you have ever heard that if you close your vents, you can direct more heat to specific rooms of the house and save money, this isn’t true. Your heater is made to send heat to every room in your home. Closing the vents causes pressure to build up in your HVAC system and can eventually cause leaks that will ultimately cost you more money in the long run on repairs and energy costs.

Myth #2: Turning the Thermostat Up Higher Helps Warm Your House Faster

When you’re cold, you may be looking for the fastest way to warm your home. Naturally, you could think that turning your thermostat up higher than normal will quickly do the trick; however, this is a myth.

 

Turning your thermostat up doesn’t make your heater heat your home any faster than usual. Your heater can’t heat your home any faster than it already does just because the temperature is higher. Turning up the heat, however, does keep your home warm for longer periods of time. The downside is that your house can overheat, and you will ultimately waste money on more energy use.

 

Myth #3: Space Heaters Are More Effective Than Your Heater

When your home is still a bit chilly, even with your heater on, you may look for other methods to warm rooms throughout the house. People have been using space heaters to warm cold spots throughout their homes for years. And while space heaters can get the job done as a temporary solution, they are not as effective as a replacement for your heater.

 

If your heater isn’t adequately heating your home, and you’re experiencing cold spots, it may be time for a repair. Getting your heater repaired can fix the problem of cold spots in your home and save you more money over time by using less energy.

Myth #4: Lighting Your Fireplace Saves Money

Lighting the fireplace can be very relaxing at the end of a long day. And while a fire is a great way to warm up, fires need oxygen from indoor air that’s already heated and provided by your heating system and sent up to your chimney.

 

All of the air that has been pushed up through the chimney causes negative pressure that in turn brings in cold air through cracks and openings that result in your heater kicking on. Also, firewood can get pretty expensive the more you burn fires in your fireplace, which doesn’t exactly save you any money in the long run.

Myth #5: I Don’t Need Maintenance or a Tune-up if My Heater Is Working

Even if you believe your heater is perfectly fine and doesn’t have any issues, you should always get maintenance performed on it by an HVAC professional regularly. Getting maintenance done on your HVAC system helps prevent your heater from experiencing issues or breaking down when you need it the most. Maintenance also expands the lifespan of your heater, sometimes by adding on a few years to its life expectancy.

Call the Experts at AirCon

If you find yourself looking for ways to heat your home outside of your normal heater due to issues, then it may be time to call our team for repairs. Our technicians can access and locate any problems that can cause your heating system to perform poorly and offer solutions to fix them. Give us a call at (281) 823-8771 for answers to any questions and to schedule an appointment!