4 Heating Myths That Raise Energy Bills

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December 13, 2018

Keeping your winter energy costs down is a worthy goal, yet sometimes even the smartest homeowners in the Harrisonburg, VA area fall for these common heating myths. Rather than helping you save energy, these four myths could end up costing you more!

Myth #1: Using space heaters & fireplaces can save energy.

While it may seem like using a space heater or your fireplace can save energy, these heating options can actually end up costing you more!

  • Space heaters draw an amazing amount of power to heat a room. Depending on your electricity rates, they could give you a nasty surprise on your next bill.  Your home’s furnace or boiler uses about half the energy to heat a room. If you find some rooms in your home need space heaters, it may be time to schedule a heating ductwork evaluation by the HVAC pros at Excel Heating & Cooling. They can ensure that your ducts are connected and delivering warm air throughout your home.

  • Fireplaces offer cozy ambiance and create their heat by burning wood. They look great but are quite inefficient as heating sources. When the logs are lit, your fireplace draws oxygen from the room and sends most of the heat up the chimney. When the fireplace sucks out your furnace-heated indoor air, your heating system may end up working harder to heat your house.

Myth #2: Turning up the heat warms a room more quickly.

If you’ve ever walked into your house a cranked up the heat ten degrees to “warm it up” faster, this myth will end up costing you money. You may think you’re warming up more quickly, but in reality you’re making your entire house warmer than it needs to be. You’ll waste fuel and energy, without heating any faster. One solution for more responsive heating could be an energy efficient mini split heat pump installed with minimal disruption by our heat pump technicians. Mini splits can provide efficient room sized upgrades with convenient programmable controls.

Myth #3: My programmable thermostat will save me energy.

A programmable thermostat is a great way to save money, but only when it’s programmed properly!  If you’re manually adjusting or overriding your programmable thermostat, it may be time for a different type of control. The heating professionals at Excel Heating & Cooling can install a programmable thermostat to simplify your comfort controls for a cozy and energy efficient Central Shenandoah Valley home.

Myth #4: Ceiling fans are for summertime only.

Don’t ignore your ceiling fans in the winter; these air movers are great for keeping air moving inside your home all year long. The key is the fan direction. In the summer, your fan keeps things cool by pushing air down and creating a cooling breeze. The summer setting is in a counter-clockwise direction when viewed from below. In the winter, a clockwise rotation on your ceiling fan pulls warm air up and circulates is throughout the room. You’ll want to keep the speed low for the best effect.

Want to learn more about ways to save heating energy? Set up a heating evaluation appointment today! Call 540-434-0030 or contact us to get started.

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