4 common home heating myths

With winter setting in across much of the country, homeowners are firing up  the furnace and looking for ways to save money on their monthly bills. There are  a ton of tips out there on how to save on your energy bill, but much of the  conventional wisdom is actually a mix of bunk science and wishful thinking. Here  are four common home heating myths.

Myth #1: It’s cheaper to run space heaters in a few rooms than to run your  home’s gas heating system.

Looking to save big bucks on their energy bills, some people switch off their  home’s gas heating system and instead use space heaters to warm a few high-use  rooms. With less square footage to heat, you must be using less energy, right?  This would be true if electricity weren’t so much more expensive, and  inefficient, than natural gas. Using electricity to heat your home can cost  between three to five times what it costs to heat the same space with a gas furnace, which means it might  cost the same to heat just a few rooms.

Myth #2: Cranking the thermostat will make your house warm up  faster.

Many impatient, shivering homeowners will crank the thermostat to its max  setting, thinking that it will warm the house up more quickly. However, your  home’s furnace doesn’t pump out more heat if you set the temperature higher; it  merely heats your home for longer periods of time. And often, forgetful  homeowners who set the dial to sizzling temperatures forget to turn it down  until the home is uncomfortably warm, costing them money for no real gain.

Myth #3: Replacing your windows will save you big bucks.

The science is sound: leaky windows waste energy by letting heat escape. The  problem, however, is that homeowners often have an outsized idea of how much  they can save. New windows can cost thousands of dollars, and before you invest  that in making your home more energy efficient, you’re better off dealing with  the smaller leaks, which are often much more affordable to plug. By adding  insulation around plumbing vents, wall sockets, attics, and adding weather  stripping to doors, you can seal up your home for a fraction of the cost of new  windows. Small as they may be, all those little leaks really add up.

Myth #4: Ceiling fans are only for summertime.

Ceiling fans are a great way to cool yourself off in the summertime, but they  can also make your home more energy efficient in the winter. Flick the switch on  the fan to make it spin in a clockwise direction and you’ll force down the warm  air that has risen to the ceiling, making your home feel warmer without  increasing your furnace’s output.

Source:  Fox News

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