Debunking Common Heating Myths
Sometimes it’s hard to separate fact from fiction; this can be especially true when dealing with HVAC equipment. We want to keep you warm this season, that’s why we’re debunking common heating myths.
Myth: Space Heaters Can Be Used Instead of Central Air
Fact: Space heaters are not a substitute for central air. Though they may feel nice in the moment, they use quite a bit of energy and can add significant dollars to your heating bill. In fact, electricity can be more expensive than gas, so think twice before you run a space heater for an extended time. Also, it’s important to know that nearly 25,000 house fires per year are started because of space heaters.
Myth: The Higher You Set Your Thermostat, The Faster You’ll Heat the Room
Truth: It’s so tempting to come home on a cold night and turn your furnace up as high as it can go. It’s a common heating myth that doing this will warm a room faster. We’re here to tell you you’re wrong. No matter how high you set your thermostat, your house will take time to heat. The best way to beat the cold is to set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature, not the highest, and be patient while your home warms up.
Myth: My Filter Only Needs to be Replaced Once Every Year
Truth: You need to change your filter twice, if not more, every year. Believe it or not, indoor air can be dirtier than outdoor air. Scary, right? To preserve the quality of your indoor air, it’s essential you regularly change your filter. Air filters can intercept pollen, dander, dust, airborne pathogens, and other gross things lurking in your home’s air system. If you feel uncomfortable changing your own air filter, ask your HVAC tech to change it during a tune-up.
Myth: I Can Seal My Ducts with Duct Tape
Truth: Despite its name, please do not use duct tape to seal your ductwork. Duct tape, the sticky tape often associated with home repairs and extreme strength, can grow weak and brittle over time. This is sped up if the tape is in a dusty, warm environment; like the ductwork around your furnace. Using duct tape to seal any vents or ducts is like putting a band aid over a deep wound. Though the band aid may provide some temporary relief, stitches are needed for long-term health. It’s the same with your ductwork.
Myth: Adjusting the Temperature Has No Benefit
Truth: Adjusting the temperature of your home has huge benefits! The biggest benefit you’ll see is in the savings. Simple modifications to your home’s temperature can make a big difference on your utility bill. If you lower the temperature 10 or more degrees while you’re at work or sleeping, you could reduce your energy bill by 5-15%.
Myth: The Cheapest Tune-Up is the Best Tune-Up
Truth: When it comes to HVAC, you get what you pay for. And, when it comes to Moore Home Services, you pay for experience, equipment, and unparalleled customer service. We are a Diamond Certified plumbing and HVAC company servicing our Santa Rosa and Sacramento communities. Each of our techs are expertly trained and ready to help. To experience our quality service, schedule an appointment. Click here to book online or reach out to our friendly call center representatives.