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Common Heating Myths Debunked

When it comes to your home’s heating system, there are a lot of myths out there that many homeowners are tricked into believing that might save them money. However, we’re here to bust all of these myths that are actually costing you more money rather than saving it. It’s no surprise that energy costs are on the expensive side, so any hack you might hear that could bring your bills down even by just a few dollars is worth the try, right? Wrong! Some of these tips and tricks are actually the reason your heating bills have been skyrocketing lately.

In this blog, you’ll learn about some of the most common heating myths that we don’t want you falling victim to. Keep reading to find out!

Turning the Thermostat Up Will Heat the House Faster

This couldn’t be further from the truth. Your heat is either on or off, so cranking the thermostat won’t actually make the heat come out faster, it will just make your system work even longer and harder to reach the desired temperature. Do yourself a favor and keep your thermostat at a steady temperature. If you turn it up higher, you’ll be sweating by the time your home is at a higher temperature, and you’ll just want to turn it back down again. Talk about a huge waste of energy!

Turn the Heat Off When You’re Out of Town

No, no, and no! It might make sense in your mind to turn the heat off while you’re on vacation to save money, but turning your system off and then turning it on again upon your return will cause your heater to overwork itself to get back to the temperature you want it to be. Instead of completely turning your system off, lower your thermostat by a few degrees so that your system stays at a constant rate. This will prevent any unnecessary strains on your system which could end up in a costly repair down the line.

Use Space Heaters in Colder Rooms

If there are specific rooms in your home that are colder than others, don’t immediately resort to buying space heaters. You should figure out if something is wrong with your heating system as it should be heating your home evenly. If you end up buying a space heater and then need to pay for a costly heating repair, you just wasted money on the space heater. They aren’t always effective solutions, so weigh out all of your options first before throwing money at a space heater.

Closing Your Vents Will Lower Your Heating Bill

This is a common mistake many homeowners make. If you close your vents while your heat is on, your system is basically forcing the air through the vents, which is causing it to overwork itself and can result in a serious disruption. Not only will this reduce your system’s efficiency, but it can also cause your ductwork to start leaking.

You Don’t Need to Replace Your Furnace Until it Breaks Down

While heating systems usually last up to 10 years, don’t wait until it’s too late to replace your furnace. If your heating system is older than 10 years, start considering a replacement. There’s nothing worse than a furnace breaking down in the middle of a cold January night, so always make sure your system is up-to-date. At A/C Control Inc, we offer quality heater installations and repairs.

Don’t Worry About Preventive Maintenance

Do you skip the oil change for your car? We didn’t think so! Treat your heating system the same way. Investing in preventive maintenance can lower your monthly bills, increase the lifespan of your HVAC system, reduce repair costs, and increase your indoor air quality. Schedule a professional heating tune-up with us today by calling (310) 907-8277.

At A/C Control Inc, we prioritize the comfort of our customers and want you to feel cozy all winter long. Don’t fall victim to these common heating myths, though. We hope this blog gives you a better understanding of how your heating system works and what will actually cost you more money in the long run.