Common Heating Myths That You Might Use

high home heating costsWinters are frigid and long and heating your home can be very expensive. Many homeowners spend thousands of dollars to heat their homes. Since some winters can be colder and longer than others, it is not uncommon for your heating bills to be higher. Because of this, you may be looking for ways to save on your heating bills.

Many people scour the internet looking for ways to save money and, unfortunately, end up learning money saving myths. Many of these myths seem realistic. However, they are counterproductive.

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Heating Myths That Might Cost You Money

Below is a list of the most common heating myths that you may have always believed to be true.

Myth #1 Duct Tape Can Properly Seal Your Ducts

Based on its name, you would think that duct tape is a great tool to seal ducts. However, this claim is a myth. Standard duct tape can get loose, and it can easily fall off. Duct tape should only be used as a temporary measure to seal the ducts. It shouldn’t be a long-term solution. If you have leaks in your ducts, it is essential that you hire a licensed HVAC contractor to fix the problem.

Myth #2 You Can Save Money By Installing Energy Efficient Windows

how to make your home more energy-efficientIf you install modern energy saving windows, you can save money by reducing the amount of heat that is lost through your windows. Over time, the amount of money that you can save can be significant. However, these windows are costly. They are so expensive that it can take decades for you to start seeing a return on your investment. For this reason, installing energy efficient windows to save money is a myth.

Myth #3 Installing Programmable Thermostats Can Save You Money

It is true that installing programmable thermostats can save you money on your heating costs. However, most people who install these thermostats fail to program them correctly. If you don’t program your thermostat properly, your heating bills can increase. Just installing these thermostats won’t save you money. You need to program them correctly if you are going to see a change in your monthly bills.

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Myth #4 Using A Fireplace Will Keep Your Family Warm And Save You Money

A fireplace is excellent to add light and ambiance in your home. It can improve the comfort in the house; however, a fireplace won’t save money on your heating bill. To safely use your fireplace, you will need to keep the flue open to release gases. When you open the flue, the air that has been heated by your home’s heating system will also go through the flu. To keep your home warm, your heating system will need to work harder which will cost you more money.

Myth #5 Heating The Entire House Will Keep Your Pipes From Freezing

frozen plumbing pipesIf your pipes freeze, they can expand and then burst, resulting in a severe water leak. Also, when the water pipes are frozen, the water won’t come from your faucets. There is a myth that many people believe that if your heating is running all the time, your pipes won’t freeze. The only way to keep your pipes from freezing is to turn off the water supply from the meter and keep your faucets open. You can do this at night and during the day when nobody is home. If you are going to be home, you should allow your faucets to drip. Doing so will keep the water flowing, and flowing water is harder to freeze.

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Myth #6 Cranking Up Your Thermostat Will Heat Your Home Faster

Cranking up your thermostat won’t make your heater work harder to heat the home. It will operate normally. Cranking up your heater won’t heat the home faster, it will just waste energy.



If you are looking for an HVAC company that you can trust, you should contact Point Bay Fuel. We offer a verity of heating system services that will ensure that your heating system is functioning correctly and efficiently all winter long.

When trying to keep your heating bills down, furnace maintenance is essential. When you schedule a tune-up with Point Bay Fuel, any minor issues with the system will be caught and repaired. Regular maintenance will prevent a complete breakdown on a day that you need your heating system the most. Therefore, regular maintenance appointments are essential. Making regular appointments will also keep you from paying expensive heating costs. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today.

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