3 Common Myths About Home Heating

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:

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

Debunking Common Home Cooling Myths

Home cooling systems are modern marvels that remain shrouded in myths. Millions of households have them yet few truly understand how they work and what they can do. It’s true that in-depth knowledge is not necessary since controls could not be any simpler but a bit of knowledge can help prevent false notions and promote efficient usage. Here are some of the most common air conditioning myths that need to be debunked:

Air Conditioners Generate Fresh Air

A lot of people still think that A/Cs work by blowing air from the outside environment to the inside of a room. This has led to the notion that the cold air they feel is crisp fresh air from their surroundings. It’s true that the air they put is cleaner because of the filters but that is not fresh from the outside. It is actually the air that circulates inside the room itself that’s cooled by the circulating refrigerant. The heat from the air is transferred onto the refrigerant via the coils and ejected to the outside.

Setting the Temperature Way Down Hastens Cooling

Sometimes you get home from work feeling hot and sweaty. All you want to do is to turn on the air conditioner and make it cool the room faster. The misconception is that cooling will happen right away if you turn the setting way down to a very low temperature. Let’s say that you are comfortable enough with 18 degrees Celsius. You might be tempted to set things at 12 degrees in the hopes that this will speed things up. The truth is that the cooling rate will not change no matter what the settings are. The attempt to overcompensate will only make the system use up more energy.

The System Should Be Left Alone Unless There’s a Problem

Air conditioners are mostly reliable systems that require little upkeep but they do appreciate some attention from time to time. Change the filters when they become covered in dirt and have professionals come to check at least once a year. If you wait until there’s a problem, then you are likely going to face sudden repairs worth thousands of dollars down the road.

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