If December’s heating bill made you cringe, you’re probably trying to find ways to lower your bill for next month. But did you know that many of the most common tips and tricks for lowering your energy costs are actually false? As your local expert for furnace installation in Sioux Falls, SD we wanted to disprove some of the myths out there. Below are five false assumptions homeowners make about reducing their energy bill, as well as the truths that these assumptions mask.
Investing in a fireplace will make my furnace run less.
A fireplace is actually a poor heating substitute. First of all, fireplaces are a really only good at heating one room: the room with the fireplace in it. Second, chimneys are just another way for the heat in your home to escape. Finally, when you consider the cost of a fireplace plus the wood needed to use it, it’s actually costing you money with little to no benefit.
Turning your thermostat up higher will make your house heat faster and cut back on how much your furnace runs.
This is false, too. Your furnace will run at the same speed no matter what. Turning the temperature up will not make your home warmer any faster. In fact, your furnace will actually run longer and more often trying to reach the higher temperature.
Leave the heat turned up, even when you’re gone, because it’s cheaper than constantly reheating your home.
This is probably one of the most common misconceptions about furnace heat. Leaving your thermostat at a higher temperature means your furnace has to run more often to maintain that temperature. While you’re away from home and while you’re asleep, you should turn the heat down. This will actually allow your furnace to run less, saving you energy and dollars.
Replacing my windows will help me to save on energy costs.
This is partially true. Companies that sell windows are only giving you a half-truth when they promote the energy savings. The truth is that you will save on energy costs, but rarely will you save enough money to compensate for the investment of installing new windows. A better idea is to work at sealing the windows you have. You’ll save almost as much energy without having to spend thousands of dollars on window replacements.
Turning on the ceiling fans will make the room colder.
False. Ceiling fans don’t actually cool down a room; they only move around the air that is already present. Because heat rises, the hot air from your furnace will be closer to the ceiling. Turning on your ceiling fans will actually help re-circulate the warm air, making the room feel warmer.
There are plenty of ways to reduce your heating bill, but there are also a lot of heating myths out there. Take some advice from A & R Heating & Air Conditioning Inc., your local expert for furnace installation in Sioux Falls, SD, and don’t make these five common mistakes when it comes to reducing your heating costs this winter