Busting These 3 Heating Myths Could Save You Money

You want to save money whenever possible, but following these heating myths may cause you to do just the opposite. Learning the truth about these common misconceptions may help you to reduce your power bills. 1. Turning Up the Thermostat Will Warm You Faster There’s no need to set your thermostat at a high temperature when you’re in a hurry for the house to warm up. Doing so won’t make the furnace operate more quickly. When you turn the heat up higher than normal, there’s a good chance that you’ll forget to readjust it once the regular temperature has been reached. This can lead to unnecessarily high power bills. 2. Sealing Off Rooms Will Improve Your Energy Consumption In an attempt to save money, it’s common for people to close the vents and the doors in unused rooms. The reason is that the furnace will then have less work to do. However, furnaces don’t operate like that. The system will still put out the same amount of warm air, which will be forced through the vents that are open. Redistributing the air in this way requires more energy than it does to simply heat all your rooms evenly. It also...

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How To Save Money On Energy Bills This Winter

As colder temperatures arrive here in Texas, many residents are seeing their utility bills skyrocket. Here are some tips to help you reduce energy costs this winter. Insulate Your Home Homes that are not adequately insulated allow warm air to escape and cold drafts to enter, causing your furnace to work overtime. You can begin recouping your losses by weather-stripping doors and windows. Take Advantage of the Sun The solar orb is a free heat source, so keep curtains on south-facing windows open on sunny days to help warm your home. Be sure to cover the windows again at sunset to keep heat inside. Humidify Your Home If your home becomes especially dry during the winter, invest in a humidifier. Adding moisture to the air holds heat better and helps you feel warmer. Another way to raise indoor humidity: purchase a set of houseplants. Unplug Your Appliances Be sure to unplug your holiday lights before leaving the house or retiring for the night. Unplug your appliances when you’re not using them, too. Even when they’re turned off, they still draw power as long as they’re connected to an outlet, adding to your energy bill. Use exhaust fans sparingly, also, as...

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Furnace vs. Boiler

With Huntsville’s average low temperature hovering near 40 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter months, making sure your central heating plan is dialed in is certainly a top priority. While you can go with individual space heaters if you’re not going to be moving around a lot, when it comes to efficiently heating the whole house, there’s really one heavyweight bout to consider. Furnaces A furnace works by heating air centrally and then blowing that air around your house through ductwork to heat up the room. Any room with an open vent is going to get a fairly even warm air distribution. This ductwork is also used by your central cooling, which, if you are familiar with summer in Trinity, you know how important central air is to your sanity. So, on the upside, you are repurposing the same ductwork, so your infrastructure cost is pretty low. The downside is that you have to keep warm air constantly moving, which can spread dust, pet hair, and other particulate matter which may have a negative effect on indoor air quality. So it is important to have your filter changed often and serviced regularly. Boilers Boilers work on a different principle, known as...

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Routine Furnace Maintenance Is a Must

After getting through the hot, humid summer months, it’s time to get ready for what winter might bring to Trinity, Texas. You don’t want to turn on your furnace and find that your home remains cold or doesn’t provide as much warmth as you know it should. To ensure your furnace is working properly this winter, and to avoid any serious problem(s) that could be lurking, contact your HVAC professional for routine furnace maintenance. Furnace Produces No Heat If your furnace is not producing enough heat, start by checking the thermostat. Is it working properly and set at the right point? If so, it is possible that there is a problem with the circuit breaker or fuse box. A tripped circuit or a blown fuse are likely causes. A common problem too is that the pilot light could be out. Any malfunction with the hot surface ignition, electronic ignition system, or the intermittent pilot ignition system could cause the furnace to not produce heat. Furnace Emits Too Little Heat If the furnace is producing some heat, but not enough, the problem could be a clogged air filter or obstructions in the system. Replace the air filter or have the heating...

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