If your home uses forced air heat from a furnace to keep you warm in the winter, you may have a few misconceptions about your furnace. These three myths will help set the record straight on this important home appliance.
1. New Furnaces Have A Comprehensive Warranty
If you just had a brand new furnace installed in your home, you may be under the impression that anything that breaks will be covered under the manufacture's warranty. You should take a second look at that warranty and understand exactly what it covers.
It's typical for furnace warranties to cover the parts and labor for the most affordable parts that are easy to repair. This includes things such as the igniter and valves. Your furnace's warranty may not cover more expensive parts, such as the heat exchanger. To have the entire furnace covered under warranty, consider going with an extended service plan.
2. You Can Save Money By Closing Vents
You probably have some rooms in your home that are not used that much. It could be an extra bedroom or a living room. A common misconception is that if you close the vents in these parts of your home that you will save money on your heating bill.
It is a concept that may seem logical, but it is not true. These vents are used to temporarily stop the heat from coming into a room when someone feels too hot. Your HVAC system will still be pushing heat through the vents leading to the room and potentially leaking through the ductwork since it is trapped.
If you are going to cut off heat to certain rooms, it is best to do it from the ductwork closest to your furnace. There should be dampers in the ductwork that can be opened or closed on the path leading to each room of your home. This will allow the air to flow more efficiently to the rest of your home.
3. Turning Your Thermostat Up High Will Heat Your Home Up Quickly
When you step inside your home and notice that it is cold, you may be tempted to crank the thermostat higher than normal to quickly heat your home. This will not work. If you need to raise the temperature, it will get warm at the exact same rate no matter how high you set the thermostat. A higher temperature does not lead to hotter heat being produced.
If you feel that your furnace is taking longer than usual to heat up your home, call a heating service company, such as Virginia Mechanical Heating & Air Conditioning, to come to your home and investigate the problem.