Heating your home efficiently can be tricky which is why we addressed four heating myths back in February. Now it is time to address myths #5 through #8!
Myth #5: Space Heaters Are an Effective Alternative to Your Furnace
Solely relying on space heaters can become costly during the wintertime, because they are less efficient than a gas furnace. They are even less affordable than a wood-heated fire in most cases. This does not mean there is no room for a space heater. They are an adequate solution to heat up smaller spaces which are not used frequently. This may apply to your tool shed or hobby room. Using them also makes sense during temporary furnace repairs to make sure your family stays warm and cozy. At the same time, please be aware of safety measures like keeping them away from flammable materials and avoiding extension cords. Read “10 Things You Should Know When Using Electric Space Heaters” for more information about space heaters!
Myth #6: Keeping Temperatures Consistent Saves Money
This applies to some scenarios like when your home is inhabited all day and night. Lowering temperatures does make sense when you are leaving for work or going on a day trip. You may even save money lowering the temperatures every night during the winter and assuming you can keep comfortably warm under your blanket. According to Energy.gov, “you can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting.” This especially applies during mild winters.
Myth #7: Heating the Basement Will Heat the First Floor
This is true to some degree. Heat from the basement will rise up, but you will lose a lot of energy in the process depending on the level of insulation. Heating your basement makes sense when you are actively using it. Insulate pipes and water heaters to maximize energy efficiency and minimize your utility bill!
Myth #8: You Only Need a Professional When the Heat is Not Working
Your HVAC system is like a car. Even if it runs smoothly, you should get it inspected and maintained on an annual basis. Annual HVAC inspections ensure the system will not slowly deteriorate and they can prevent unexpected outages during the holidays. Inspections will prevent major damages where these significant repairs will cost more than regular maintenance (just like a car). Keep your peace of mind with Doug’s Heating Special and Safety Check!
We hope this input helps keep your home warm and cozy. For more information, check out our February blog about heating myths #1 to #4!