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5 Myths About Heating Your Home – Debunked!
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5 Myths About Heating Your Home – Debunked!

The heating industry is filled with conflicting information. From arguments over shutting A/C units off in the winter to thoughts on closing up vents, it’s hard to know what’s true and what’s false – and what helps your home or harms it.

As your Anoka furnace services and cooling provider, Air Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. is here to help and clear the air!

Let’s dive into common myths about keeping your home cozy and bring you the facts.

Myth 1: Close Vents in Unused Rooms to Save Energy

It seems pretty simple, right? If you’re never in that old back room, it doesn’t make sense to heat it. So you close the vent in the wall, and move on with your life.

That hot air that used to be funneled there will just go elsewhere. Wouldn’t you be saving money? Not quite.

Closing Vents Can Actually Cause HVAC Problems

Your furnace was installed with the assumption that it would work to heat every room in your home. After all, a furnace is designed to make your entire home comfortable, and the spare room that you rarely use is no exception.

The truth is that closing the vents to rooms that you don’t use doesn’t redirect air to an occupied room. Closing the vents to your heating system causes air to back up into your home’s ductwork, leading to duct leaks, and then to more problems.

As a result, closing vents can cause pressure buildup, requiring a furnace maintenance specialist to deal with the substantial leaks.

And aside from causing damage to your system, air leaks and pressure on your ductwork leads to damage to your wallet.

Closing Vents Increases Energy Consumption

Because it is difficult to know when leaks are happening, your sky-high monthly energy bill comes as a nasty surprise.

Closing the vents to unused rooms does redirect the air, but not in a way that conserves energy or money. It actually leads to greater energy consumption, because your heating system has to overwork to heat the space, even if you aren’t using it.

Let your heating system flow, and keep your vents open. Your HVAC system and pocketbook will thank you.

Myth 2: Space Heaters Fix Cold Spots Efficiently

While we admit it’s lovely to cozy up to a space heater when winter weather hits, they are, unfortunately, not that great at warming an entire room. That is the job of your HVAC system!

Space heaters are only meant to be a temporary solution to keep a room or particular space warm in your home. If your furnace is being repaired, a space heater is handy to have around as a way to stay warm in the interim.

As cozy as they are, space heaters put a drain on your home’s energy and a strain on your wallet. Although a great temporary solution for keeping your space warm, a space heater is incredibly expensive to run.

And, more than that, a high energy bill isn’t even worth it when they pose a serious fire hazard when left unattended or operating too long. A space heater poses a fire hazard under the right circumstances; just ask the National Fire Prevention Association, which claims that “space heaters make up four out of five home heating fire deaths.”

The safer and more economical solution is to get heating service out to your property ASAP to fix your furnace’s problems permanently. While you can warm your feet with a space heater in the meantime, emergency HVAC service gets your home warmed up in no time.

Myth 3: Turn Up The Heat & Your Home Will Warm Up Faster

When the winter cold is making you snuggle further into your blankets and warm drinks, you will be tempted to crank up the thermostat. After all, that heats your home faster, right? Not quite.

Turning the temperature up on the thermostat only means turning up the temperature, but your home won’t heat any faster. The furnace needs the same amount of time to burn fuel and pump the necessary amount of energy.

Despite the temperature you set it to, your system works at the same pace every time.

Myth 4: A Running Furnace Is a Healthy Furnace

Never wait until something goes wrong to get in touch with an expert. Losing complete furnace operation in the middle of winter isn’t just an inconvenience – it’s downright dangerous.

Plus, just because your furnace is running doesn’t mean it’s working as efficiently as it could be. Anything from the wrong filter to debris could cause your energy bills to hike.

Therefore, we always recommend preventative furnace services instead of emergency ones.

Myth 5: Ceiling Fans Are a Summer Appliance

Whether or not you have central air conditioning, ceiling fans make the world a better place. They keep airflow moving on a hot day by pulling hot air up and pushing cold air down.

However, ceiling fans don’t hibernate in the winter. By changing the direction of the fan’s blade via a switch on the side, your fan will go from spinning counter-clockwise to clockwise, allowing the opposite to happen. Cold air is pulled up while hot air is pushed down.

And just like that, your home’s ceiling fans are now helping to keep you warm!

Contact Our Experts for Healthy HVAC Solutions in Minnesota

When it comes to keeping your home warm and cozy this winter, you need to team up with a team of experts. At Air Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., we don’t stop until your home is safe, comfortable, and oh so warm.

Our Anoka team of HVAC contractors is here to make sure your home stays at its comfiest, even if the weather outside is anything but. Give us a call today at 763-753-6623.

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