3 Myths About Furnaces

Gas furnaces are a popular and effective means of keeping your home warm during the cold winter months. But just because furnaces are everywhere, it doesn’t mean that people don’t have certain misconceptions on how they operate. Not knowing the truth about those myths can cost you time and energy, since they often lead to reduced efficiency and higher monthly bills.

Here are 3 myths about furnaces you should beware of:

  • “If I turn the temperature way up, it will heat the house more quickly.” Most furnaces run their fans at just one speed, and even multi-speed furnaces have only two or three settings at most. That means if you set your thermostat too high, you’ll end up wasting more energy than you need to. Set your furnace at the temperature you want your house to be, don’t waste energy overheating.
  • “A high efficiency furnace will automatically save me money.” Only if you run your new heater about as often as you ran your old one. A higher efficiency heater will do the job more effectively, but if you run it more often than you used to, your bills will likely stay the same or even go up. If you have a house that has too little insulation or a lots of air leaks, your new furnace might also use a lot of energy to keep your warm.
  • “I don’t need to change my thermostat setting at night.” Heating is contingent upon the temperatures outside your home: that’s the factor your heater is trying to hold off by warming your home. At night, the outside temperature drops. If you lower your thermostat to account for that – both when you leave for work in the morning and when you go to sleep at night – you could save a great deal in energy costs.

These 3 myths about furnaces shouldn’t keep you from making the most out of your heating system and enjoying warm, comfy temperatures during even the worst parts of winter. For more tips and advice, or to schedule a repair,  the Brevard, NC furnace experts at Comfort Central, Inc. can help. We’re dedicated to your 100% satisfaction and our trained experts can answer any question you may have. Give us a call today and let us show you what we can do!

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