Debunked: Winter Heating Myths

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Debunked: Winter Heating Myths

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Sharing the Truth About Heating

As winter sets in, so too do the winter heating myths. People cling to these myths more tightly during winter, perhaps because they are cold and uncomfortable. But is there any truth behind them? This blog will debunk some of the most common winter heating myths.

Myth 1: Higher Heat Warms Your Home Faster

One of the most commonly believed myths about heating is that setting your thermostat at a higher temperature will heat your home faster. This is not necessarily true. Most homes are only equipped with a single-speed heating system, so unless you own a two-stage or variable speed system, your heater can only warm your home at one speed, regardless of how high you set your thermostat.

Myth 2: Closing Vents in Unused Rooms Keeps Heating Costs Down

Another common myth states that closing your vents in unused rooms will keep occupied spaces warmer and save you money. This is not true either. Closing vents in unused rooms can actually cause your heating bill to go up because it will prevent adequate air circulation and make your HVAC system work harder to heat your home.

Pro Tip: The best way to direct air to only specific areas of your home is to install zoning in your HVAC system. Zoning gives you maximum control over your home’s temperature year-round and allows you to save money on heating and cooling costs.

Myth 3: You Should Shut Off Your Heater When You Leave Home to Save Money

False! Your heating system will actually use less energy maintaining a consistent temperature in your home than it will overcoming a huge temperature drop. If you shut your heater off entirely, it will have to run for a long time and use a lot of energy to make your home warm and cozy again. So, if you're looking to save money on your winter heating bill, make sure to keep the heat on even when you're not home—just lower your thermostat below 68 degrees so that your heater will run every so often.

Bust Myths and Contact the Professionals

The next time someone tries to convince you of one of the above myths, tell them the truth behind it. You could end up saving them money and frustration in the long run. If you need help with a heating issue or want to make sure your system is running at its best, turn to the team at Comfort Energy, Inc..

Learn more or schedule an appointment by calling (408) 560-4050 or by visiting our website.

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