5 Heating Myths Busted: Fact vs. Fiction

December 3, 2019
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Looking to keep your Shenandoah Valley home warmer in winter? Separate rumor from truth and take the educated approach to home heating with Excel, as we debunk some of the more popular inaccurate tips and heating hacks.

Fiction

Closing your ductwork vents in unused rooms saves you money.

Fact

Central HVAC systems distribute conditioned air in a house through both a blower fan and pressure differentials. Closing vents increases pressure, negatively affecting the air blower’s performance and increasing duct air leakage, wasting energy and money. If you’re trying to take full advantage of your central heating, schedule ductwork evaluation with an HVAC professional.

Fiction

Ceiling fans are only useful in summer.

Fact

Ceiling fans in the winter can actually help keep you warm! Did you know your fan has a reverse setting? When it gets cold, switch your fan’s direction, and rising warm air will be pushed down from the ceiling to where it will most benefit you.

Fiction

Space heaters are a smart way to save money on heating in the winter.

Fact

The cost of electricity is significantly higher than natural gas—in most of the country, it’s double, if not more. That means your heat usage would need to be cut in half before you saw any savings with electric space heaters. For most homes, that makes space heaters an unsustainable heating solution.

Fiction

The higher you crank your thermostat, the quicker your home will heat up.

Fact

Your furnace works just as hard whether it has to raise the temperature 1 degree or 10. By cranking up your thermostat higher than you actually want it, you are running the risk that you’ll forget you set it so high and waste energy on heat you don’t actually need. The better option is to upgrade to a programmable thermostat, set it, and then forget it!

Fiction

The bigger your heating system, the better.

Fact

If your heating system is too big for your Virginia home, it will constantly be short cycling—turning on and off in rapid succession. Incorrect furnace sizing leads to more wear and tear, more heating maintenance calls, and a shorter lifespan. HVAC systems use the most energy when they are turning on and turning off, meaning you will likely be seeing higher energy bills as well.

When it comes to smart heating, there’s no substitute for facts. Call (540) 870-0423 or contact us today to learn how to improve your heating this winter.

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