A new year signifies renewal and optimism. You may have a list in mind of goals you want to reach, things you want to start, or perhaps an area in your life that you would like to improve upon. We’ve made it to January, and it’s the middle of the winter season. But it’s not too late to discuss the best ways to continue the upkeep and maintenance of your furnace. The problem is, there is a lot of conflicting furnace information. It is so hard to discern between fact and faction. As a homeowner, we know you want the best for your family and home. We want the best for your family and home too! So your Five Star Heating & Cooling Group experts have pieced together a few of the most common furnace myths that homeowners face.
If You Close the Registers In Unused Rooms You Will Save Energy
Do you happen to have some rooms in your home that are used less often than others? If so, perhaps you have been told that closing those registers will help to save energy and lower your heating bill. Unfortunately, this is not true. Your furnace is meant to evenly distribute air and circulate it throughout your entire house. If specific registers are closed off, this will result in air building up and places strain on the furnace.
Having Cold Feet In Your Home Is Totally Normal
Perhaps you always have to wear socks or slippers in your home to keep your feet warm. If this is a problem you are experiencing, we assure you that this is not normal. So, don’t buy into this myth that it is common and brush it off. Always having cold feet could mean the house is not well insulated. Check your doors and windows for drafts. They may need new weatherstripping. You can also use door draft guards as an option for a simple and quick fix.
Set the Thermostat Higher to Heat the House Faster
Chances are, we most like can all say that at one point that we have cranked the thermostat to a significantly higher temperature in the hopes to be able to heat the home much faster. However, this method does not work. As discussed above, furnaces distribute air evenly throughout the whole house. So when the thermostat is suddenly changed to a higher setting, the furnace is overworking to obtain a higher degree throughout the whole home. Warm air will still need to circulate and make its way through the rest of the house. Practicing this myth not only overworks your furnaces but adds stress to it too. If you need the temperature to be raised quickly, the best thing to do is perform a quick walk through the house and confirm all registers and vents are open. We also suggest also making sure no items are blocking the airflow.
Let’s ring in this new year with a strong sense of confidence and knowledge regarding your furnace. They say, “When you know better, you do better!” So, now that we have debunked these common myths, you can continue through the rest of the winter knowing what type of care your furnace needs. If you have any concerns about your furnace, the Five Star Heating & Cooling Group would love the opportunity to serve you and your family.
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