Myth #1: The higher you set your thermostat, the faster your home will heat up
Most people’s gut reaction to a freezing home is to crank the heat up really high and hope for the best. Home heating systems deliver heat at the same rate no matter what the temperature is set at. Set the thermostat at your desired temperature, not higher, and you’ll reach your preferred temperature just as quickly. If you set it higher, you’ll most likely have to adjust it once it reaches that high temperature which will waste energy.
Myth #2: Winterizing is too expensive and won’t pay off
A common myth is that you need a ton of expensive material to winterize your home. Small improvements can pay off big time when it comes to weatherizing. Even if you don’t have the funds to upgrade your windows or re-insulate your home, DIY sealing techniques during the winter months can prevent warm air from escaping and can save you hundreds in energy bills over the course of the season. Fixes as simple as caulking around drafty door frames and closing the fireplace damper will help you save.
Myth #3: Space heaters will save you money
Some people believe that having a space heater in each room will help them to save money and energy. The truth is, space heaters aren’t nearly as efficient as your furnace and oftentimes use more energy and cost more money to run. Unless you are only using a space heater in one, small room, it’s more efficient to simply use your furnace.
Myth #4: Ceiling fans are only for the summer
Obviously we all know that ceiling fans can keep you cool in the summer but what most people don’t know is that they can also help keep you warm in the winter months. Simply flip the switch found on the inside of the fan and the rotation will reverse. This will push warm air down towards you and may allow you to set the thermostat a few degrees lower.
Myth #5: There’s no benefit to adjusting the thermostat when you aren’t home
A common misconception is that keeping the house at a consistent temperature, even when you’re sleeping or away from home, is cheaper. Setting your thermostat at a lower temperature while you sleep, while you’re at work or while you’re on vacation absolutely pays off. By just adjusting a few degrees for a couple hours each day, you’ll see a decrease in your energy bill all season long. Plus, your equipment won’t have to work as hard and may last longer as a result. Consider investing in a programmable thermostat that will allow you to accomplish this without even having to think about it.
Myth #6: Wood burning fireplaces will save you money
Many people believe that a wood burning fireplace will give off heat to the entire home. However, firewood can be expensive and fireplaces really aren’t designed to heat large areas. If used in conjunction with your furnace, the fireplace can actually steal heat and use up even more energy by releasing it through the chimney.