Every year we receive calls for furnace repair where the homeowner has inadvertently damaged their system. Often, they are following advice they heard from friends or family, online forums and social media posts; or they are just trying to save money by performing furnace repair/maintenance on their own. We’ve broken down four common myths about furnace care so you can be informed on the facts.
The Higher the Thermostat Temperature the Quicker Your House Will Heat up
FALSE. When your home starts to feel cold, you want it to warm up as quickly as possible. One of the most common furnace myths is that if you crank your thermostat up very high, your home will become warmer faster. In reality, this practice is like pushing the elevator button 30 times instead of once, it won’t make the elevator come any quicker.
By cranking your thermostat way up, you’re actually just making your furnace work harder and causing wear and tear on the system. In reality all that happens is your heating system runs longer. But it doesn’t mean it will heat the environment faster. The best option is to set the thermostat to your desired temperature and wait for it to heat up.
Every degree you increase your heating can add up to 10% to your energy use. Set your thermostat to heat your house for times you need it at the temperature you prefer. If you are looking to decrease your bills, set the temperature back overnight and drop the temperature more when you are away from home for extended periods of time.
Bigger is Better
FALSE. When purchasing a new furnace, many people think that the biggest or most expensive system is the best choice. This is a very common furnace myth that will cost you money over time. When purchasing a new furnace, it’s very important to have the new system sized for your home. A furnace that is too big will short cycle (frequent stops and starts), cost you higher energy bills, more frequent repair bills, and even early replacement costs down the line.
You Can Save Money by Fixing Your Furnace Yourself
FALSE. Out of all of the common furnace myths that circulate among homeowners, this is one we’d like to correct. Do not attempt your own furnace repair, unless you are an actively licensed HVAC technician. Not only could this cost you more money having to hire an expert to repair the damage you’ve done to your system by attempting to repair it, or more importantly– you could put yourself and your family at risk as DIY furnace repair is very dangerous.
Annual Preventative Maintenance is a Waste of Money
FALSE. Annual preventative maintenance for your HVAC system is the furthest thing from a waste of money. When you invest in annual preventative maintenance, you’re actually investing in:
- A clean HVAC system
- A CO check for safety
- Increased furnace efficiency and lower energy bills
- Maintaining the validity of your HVAC warranty
- A longer lifespan for your system
- A lower risk of system breakdown
Have you scheduled preventative maintenance for your furnace this year?
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