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October 13, 2016

Common Heating Myths That Could Be Costing You Money

As the cold weather approaches, homeowners begin brainstorming ways to save on their energy bills. Amongst the good advice are some common practices that could actually be costing you money. We’re here to set the record straight on four common heating myths:

Myth #1: Closing vents and registers will reduce your heating bill

Modern forced air heating systems operate by balancing the pressure load throughout your home. Blocking vents impacts how the system inhales and exhales air, throwing your system out of balance and causing it to work harder or possibly even break down.

Keeping heat evenly distributed throughout your home is the most energy-efficient practice. Heat moves from greater concentrations to lesser concentrations, so blocking off vents will actually draw the heat to colder rooms. This makes the whole house feel colder and causes you to raise the thermostat.

Myth #2: Duct tape is for sealing ducts

Given its name, many people assume that duct tape’s primary purpose is for sealing ducts. In fact, duct tape’s original purpose was to keep moisture out of the military’s ammunition cases. While it is great for waterproofing, duct tape doesn’t hold up well under dirty or dusty conditions. When used on ventilation ducts, duct tape tends to become brittle and fall apart. If your ductwork needs to be sealed, contact your Wilmington HVAC technician. They have the tools to get the job done properly.

Myth #3: Turning up the thermostat will heat your home faster

When we walk into a cold house, our first instinct is to crank up the thermostat, thinking this will sped up the heating process. However, it may be more helpful to think of your furnace as a light switch: it is either on or off. It operates at one speed, delivering heat at the same rate no matter how high you set the thermostat. Turning the thermostat past the desired temperature only overheats your home and wastes energy.

Myth #4: Adjusting your thermostat has no effect on your heating bill

Another common belief is that it is cheaper to keep your home at a constant temperature, even when you’re not at home. But lowering the temperature while you’re at work or asleep means your system is running less and using less energy. In fact, turning your thermostat back 10-15 degrees for eight hours can save you 5-15% a year on your heating bill.

Gold Star is Your #1 Wilmington Heating Expert

The best way to make sure your Wilmington furnace is running efficiently is to have a yearly check-up for your heater. Gold Star’s expert Wilmington HVAC technicians know the real tricks to saving you money on your utility bills, which is why we’re the most trusted HVAC company in Wilmington!

Contact us today at 1-302-947-8694 and discover why we’re Wilmington’s go-to heating and cooling experts.

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