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We are experiencing a stretch of bitterly cold weather and it can be hard to motivate yourself to leave the confines of your nice, warm house. Now, more than ever, you rely on your heating system to keep your home warm and comfortable. But did you know that you might be inadvertently hurting your furnace? Here are the top furnace myths that are prevalent among Calgary homeowners.
Cranking the Thermostat Will Warm the Home Faster
Your furnace is designed to efficiently heat your home, and turning up the thermostat actually has no effect on how quickly the house will warm up. A smart thermostat is the best option If you want to keep the temperature low at home during the day but warmer for when you arrive home. Wi-Fi enabled smart thermostats can balance efficiency with temperature to keep bills low without sacrificing your comfort.
Closing Vents Will Increase Efficiency
Some homeowners believe the persistent furnace myth that closing vents and registers in unused rooms will help decrease monthly energy bills. In actuality, closing too many registers can strain your heating system and cause it to overheat which can lead to an eventual breakdown. To keep different areas of your home at different temperatures, look into zoned heating options.
Furnace Filters are Good for a Whole Season
A common cause of furnace problems is a dirty and clogged filter. Many homeowners go too long between checking and changing air filters and cause undue stress to the system. Ideally, you should check the filter monthly and replace as needed. Depending on the type of filter you are using and your indoor living environment, you may have to change your filter anywhere between every 30 days or every 6 months.
Don’t forget that having an annual furnace inspection is also a requirement to keep your heating system working efficiently and safely.
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