When your home’s HVAC system is working properly, it’s easy to take it for granted. Nothing beats turning up the thermostat on a chilly winter night and being rewarded with a cozier room in minutes. However, because your heating system is so vital — and so easily overlooked — you may be unsure of what you need to do to keep it in good working order. Although there is no shortage of good advice about proper furnace maintenance, there are a few myths that can cause more harm than good if followed.
At first glance, many of these myths seem to be common sense, which is what makes them so believable. For example, many homeowners think that shutting off the furnace when you leave the house will save money. That doesn’t take into consideration that warming a cold house puts a greater strain on a heating system than maintaining a cooler temperature for the entire day. It’s actually better to turn your thermostat down a few degrees when you’ll be out for an extended period rather than turning off the furnace.
Another common misconception that can get homeowners into trouble is neglecting regular furnace tuneups. Many property owners don’t think of getting their equipment serviced as long as it’s working properly. However, bringing in professional technicians to perform seasonal checkups and regular maintenance is important. They can identify worn-out components and potential performance issues before they can cause lasting damage to the system or fail when you need them most. Without this attention, it’s only a matter of time before you’re hit with breakdowns and costly repairs.
Some people believe that bigger always equals better when it comes to furnaces, and buy the most powerful unit regardless of how much space they actually need to heat. Unfortunately for them, this probably means the furnace will draw too much energy and experience more wear and tear than a system that is appropriately sized. Buying equipment that delivers the right amount of heat for your existing space will help it remain in good working condition for as long as possible.
It’s important not to fall for any of these myths when purchasing or maintaining
your heating system. What might seem like a reasonable suggestion can turn out to be bad advice that will cost you money and headaches over the long run. To see more of these common myths debunked, take a look at the accompanying infographic.