Fall is here, and winter is just around the corner! This means it’s time to get ready for cooler temperatures in Austin, TX. As homeowners start turning up the heat, it’s important to keep in mind best practices for using your home heating system. That’s why we’ve put together some common home heating myths to help you keep your home warm safely and efficiently when the temperatures start to drop.
Home Heating Myths
Here are just 3 common home heating myths that could impact the way you stay warm this winter:
- Cranking up the thermostat will warm your house faster.
Though you may feel like you can warm your house faster if you crank up your thermostat setting, the truth is that your heating system will warm your house at the same rate, whether you crank it up or not. This is just like pushing the crosswalk button several times before crossing the street. No matter how many times you press the button, the crosswalk sign is not going to change any faster as a result.
In fact, cranking up the thermostat can have negative consequences as many forgetful homeowners will forget to turn the heat down again until they start getting uncomfortably warm. This can waste energy and money. So instead of turning up your thermostat to the max setting, set it to where you would like the temperature to be and wait patiently as your heating system does its thing.
- Running space heaters in a few rooms is more affordable than running your home’s gas heating system.
In an effort to save a little money on energy costs, some homeowners will opt to run a few space heaters in the rooms they use most often instead of using their gas heating system to warm the whole house. Though this might make sense at first – you are heating less square footage – the truth is that electricity is much more expensive and less efficient than natural gas.
It can cost between three and five times more to use electricity to heat your home than it does with natural gas. This means that if you have a gas furnace, you should opt to use it instead of a space heater that runs on electricity. This can help you save more energy and money during heating season.
- When it starts to get cold, it’s time to turn off the ceiling fans.
Some people think that ceiling fans are only useful in the summer time when temperatures are at their highest for the year. However, the truth is that ceiling fans can also be useful in helping you maintain home comfort during the winter as well.
When you use your furnace or heating system to heat your home, the heat rises to the ceiling. You can use ceiling fans to help push this warm air back down into your home to keep you and your family comfortable. During the winter, make sure that you set your ceiling fans to run clockwise at a low speed. This will help push the warm air back down into the room so that you can enjoy its warmth.
Stay Comfortable in Austin, TX
Do you need help getting ready for the colder temperatures? The team at AB&B Air Conditioning is ready to help you get your heating system prepared for winter. Contact us today for a fall maintenance tune-up to ensure that your system is working smoothly and efficiently. Call today: (512) 670-8883 or (512) 549-4808 for our Bastrop customers.