3 Heating System Myths

Illinois homeowners know that keeping a heating system in great shape is a top priority. Unfortunately, there are many heating system myths that the average citizen believes. Here are a few heating myths that need to be busted.

1. Closing Vents and Registers Lowers Bills

Most homeowners believe that reducing the space being heated will reduce energy expenditures. The reality is that closed vents throw off the balance of a forced-air system and make it work harder to heat a home.

A better way to cut back on wasted energy is by cleaning vents, registers and ducts to ensure unimpeded airflow. Make sure that there are no leaks in conduits by applying duct insulation. Hire an HVAC technician to help you with the maintenance of your heating system.

2. Turning Up the Thermostat Heats a Home Faster

Regardless of the fuel being used, a furnace can only produce so many BTUs per minute. Setting the thermostat higher than your target temperature won’t make your heating system magically warm the house faster.

A better way to achieve quicker heating results is to keep the house at a moderate temperature while you’re away. Programmable smart thermostats can maintain a minimum temperature during the day and ramp it up gradually in the hours before you come home.

3. Cold Floors Indicate an Inefficient Furnace

If the floors in your Downers Grove home are perpetually chilly, it’s probably not the fault of your furnace. More likely than not, a lack of insulation and leaks in the exterior are responsible for frosty floor surfaces.

Packing the spaces between joists with R-21 insulation in basements and crawlspaces is a great way to warm up floors overnight. Checking for leaks that cause drafts close to the floor on any level and sealing them with all-weather silicone caulk is also advisable.

Illinois residents need heating systems that can deliver the goods when the next big storm strikes. Call Fire 'n' Ice Heating & Cooling, Inc. for a thorough inspection and an upgrade if need be is the best way to guarantee reliable heating all winter long.

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