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A Comfortable, Warm Home

Mild weather is one of the things I love the best about the southern United States. I’ve lived in this region of the country all of my life. During the winter season, I rarely see snow or sleet. In fact, I sometimes wear short sleeves during the cold weather months. However, I occasionally need to bundle up in one of my favorite, colorful coats, jackets, or sweaters. And, I also have to run my heater at nighttime. Thankfully, my husband and I scheduled an appointment with an HVAC contractor this past fall, so we are confident that our heater will last through the winter. On this blog, I hope you will discover the most common solutions to a broken heating system. Enjoy!

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Debunking Common Heating System Myths

During the winter, it is possible for the temperature inside your home to drop to dangerously low levels. While your home is equipped with an elaborate heating system, it is an unfortunate fact that these units are extremely energy intensive. Regretfully, there are a couple of common myths that people often believe that can reduce the efficiency of their home's heating system. 

Myth: Fans Can Not Help Keep Your Home Warm

Some people are under the impression that ceiling fans can only be used to keep a home cool on a hot summer day. However, it is possible to use these fans to spread the heat produced by your furnace around more evenly. Hot air has a tendency to rise, and as a result, it will become trapped close to the ceiling. By turning on the fan, you can force this air to circulate rather than stagnating at the top of the room. 

To enjoy this benefit of running you fans during the winter, you will need to configure the fan to turn counterclockwise. This ensures that the blades on the fan are pulling the hot air down to ground level. You will need to check with your owner's manual to determine exactly how to do this, but there is usually a switch on the side of the fan that is responsible for controlling spin direction. 

Myth: Digital Thermostats Offer No Advantages Over Analog Ones

Many homeowners do not realize that the type of thermostat they have installed can also contribute to the energy efficiency of the heating system. Analog thermostats are extremely inefficient because it is difficult to accurately set the device to the desired temperature, and it is not possible to program this type of thermostat with a schedule.

By upgrading to a digital smart thermostat, you will be able to program it with a heating schedule. For example, you do not need the heat running when you are at work, and you can configure these devices to turn off when you leave in the morning and turn on shortly before you return. This simple upgrade can help you lower heating costs and avoid returning home to a cold house at the end of the day. 

Your home's heating system is highly complex and energy intensive. Unfortunately, there are many myths circulating about home heating systems. By believing these common myths, you may accidentally be lowering the efficiency of your system and increasing the monthly heating bill. 

For more tips on increasing the efficiency of your heating system, contact a local HVAC company, like Provo Heating.