3 Common Myths About Heating Systems

There are several myths about your heating system that you have probably heard. Some of them have a nugget of truth, perhaps referring to older heating technology. Others are based on a misguided understanding of how heating systems work. Why are they so popular? Everyone wants to believe a secret way has been found to save money on heating. Here are three common myths that we have heard.

1. Cranking Up the Thermostat Heats Your Home Faster

This myth is based on the fact that humans are impatient. People believe that if they want to get their house to 70 degrees faster, they should turn the thermostat to 90 degrees. They think the heating system will work extra hard to reach a higher temperature. However, this is not how heating systems work. They are made to raise the temperature at a constant rate. All you will do in cranking up the thermostat is waste money making your home warmer than you want it to be.

2. Heating with a Fireplace Can Save You Money

This myth is built on the idea that a fireplace acts as a supplemental heating system. If you are burning wood in the fireplace, your heating system will not have to heat as much. The problem is that a fireplace creates a draft that pulls heat from the rest of the house. Instead of helping your heating system, your fireplace will make it work harder, especially in zones farther from the fireplace. Use your fireplace because it creates a pleasant atmosphere, not because it saves you money.

3. Programmable Thermostats Always Save Money

Programmable thermostats are powerful tools in getting control of your heating bill. However, they are only as effective as the program the user sets. Some people have found an increase in heating costs because they are having the system turn on an hour before they get out of bed or an hour before they get home from work. Enjoying the comfort of waking or returning to a warm home can come with a cost.

At Patterson Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., we have been showing the difference between myths and reality to our customers throughout the Greater Atlanta area since 1999. Our team is ready to help you with all your heating and cooling needs. Give us a call today, and let us treat you like family.