Top 3 Home Heating Myths That Could Be Costing You

Home Heating Myths New Jersey homeowners are always looking for ways to become more energy efficient around the home and save on heating bills throughout the winter. But when it comes to the HVAC, there are more myths and old-wives-tales out there than ever before. To top it off, some of the more popular urban legends that you may think are saving energy are actually doing the opposite. Let’s set the record straight. Our heating and cooling experts at Browns have debunked the top three home heating myths to help you stay comfortable this winter and save.

3 Common Home Heating Myths – Debunked

Myth 1: Buying an energy efficient furnace will automatically lower my home heating energy bill.

Although purchasing an energy efficient heating unit is an ideal way to start thinking, even the highest efficiency-rated heater can cost homeowners more money to operate if they’re not sized correctly or installed the right way. Bigger is not always better.

In fact, according to the Department of Energy, improper sized equipment or inaccurate installation can waste upwards of 30% of a home’s energy use.

Myth 2: If I keep increasing my thermostat, my home will heat up faster.

Cranking up the thermostat is one of the biggest heating myths out there. Your home furnace delivers heat at the same rate no matter how high you set the thermostat. If you set it at the actual temperature that you want the room to be set at, your furnace will reach that number just as quickly as if you had set the temperature at a higher number (only costing you unnecessary money and energy along the way).

So next time you walk into a frigid home, resist the urge to crank up the heat to 85 degrees. It simply doesn’t work that way. Instead, program the thermostat to adjust appropriately for the time of day or night. Which brings us to myth number three.

Myth 3: Once I set my home heating thermostat, I can “forget it.”

While tempting to think programmable thermostats will do all the work for you, that’s simply not the case. Unless you have invested in a “smart thermostat” which is designed to learn from your behaviors and preferences, you shouldn’t “set it and forget it” with a simple programmable device. As a homeowner, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the daytime and night schedule and setting options to maximize home comfort and savings.

Brown’s Home Heating in NJ

At Brown’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, we know that your home is your sanctuary and we want to help you create the ultimate comfort retreat. If you have any questions about your furnace or want to discuss other home heating myths, our HVAC technicians are ready to help. With emergency heating services throughout Monmouth and Ocean County New Jersey 24/7, we service residential and commercial heating needs.

Contact our experts at 732-741-0694 to learn more.

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