While scouring through information sources, one may come across various tips on cutting down on heating costs. However, some of these claims are just plain wrong, oversimplified or long-standing myths about reducing heating expenditure. To separate the wheat from the chaff, it’s essential that one knows the most common home heating myths.
Despite what the name may suggest, duct tape isn’t any good when it comes to sealing ductwork. There are various tapes that can be used to seal ducts, but normal duct tape doesn’t make the cut. It usually gets old and falls off with time as heating cycles go by.
A fireplace isn’t the best way to heat up a home. The cost of paying for firewood, along with the fact that the fireplace gobbles up indoor air that’s already heated only to shoot it out the chimney, means that this wouldn’t go hand in hand with realizing financial savings. The only exception is when one only wants to heat a single room.
Such devices require a little calibration, though the simpler ones work to adjust the temperature at pre-set times. In the default mode, it could realize energy savings because it turns off heating during the night. However, it could be counterproductive for houses with heat pumps as such devices don’t go well with varying temperatures. To enjoy the convenience of such a device, it needs to be well calibrated. Alternatively, one could opt for smarter gadgets which learn how the home works in order to make the necessary adjustments.
Cranking it Up
There’s also the belief that cranking up the thermostat in a cold house helps heat the indoors quicker. However, furnaces work in a binary manner, meaning that apart from turning them on, no further tinkering will help heat the house faster. The only result from cranking the thermostat will be heating up the house beyond the desirable temperature and wasting energy.
Another common misconception is that it’s cheaper to keep the home at a constant temperature, even when it’s unoccupied. This doesn’t always apply, except in homes with heat pumps. Running the system less means lower energy consumption. During winter, one could set the thermostat to about 70 degrees when they’re awake and set it lower when sleeping or away from home. For each degree set back on the thermostat for an eight hour period, one could save about 1% of their annual heating bill, with a 10-degree drop pushing the savings up tenfold.
There’s the tale that replacing drafty windows with more energy efficient ones helps save energy. Due to the high cost of this undertaking, the break-even point could take decades to reach. Better ways of conserving energy include air sealing, insulation and improving the HVAC unit’s efficiency. However, one could consider more efficient windows if they’re renovating for cosmetic reasons. Follow us for more articles that will keep your heating and cooling systems running efficiently.