What Are Common Furnace Myths?

Jan 10, 2022 | Furnace, Blog, Heating, HVAC, Lancaster, Maintenance, OH, Ohio, Repair, Thermostat, Tips & Tricks, Winter

Homeowners know all too well that owning a home comes with the duty of keeping up with all sorts of maintenance. From the roofs to the floors, at some point, every area of the house will need inspected and checked to confirm everything is in working order with no foreseen or unforeseen issues on the horizon. With this in mind, you may be thinking about how this applies to your HVAC system. Winter is set to end on March 20th this year. But Ohio residents know that this is subject to opinion!

Nevertheless, we have a little over a couple of months to get through the season. Unfortunately, there is so much furnace information out there that it is hard to know what’s real and what is considered a furnace myth. Lancaster Furnace & Air Conditioning wants to help you make sure you and your family stay snug and warm for the rest of that timeframe. Below are several common furnace myths we have taken the liberty of debunking for your convenience:

Myth 1: Maintenance Isn’t Important

Do not – we repeat, do not skip out on your seasonal maintenance checks! The winter tune-up & safety check are necessary and recommended by your furnace’s manufacturer to keep its warranty current. Not only that, performing a tune-up on your heating system guarantees that it is running to its fullest potential. In addition, at Lancaster Furnace & Air Conditioning, when one of our friendly and knowledgeable technicians is sent out to your home, they will also perform a safety check on the furnace. Safety checks are necessary because they ensure your residential furnace meets the current safety standards.

Myth 2: Repairing Over Replacing Is Always the Best Choice

Though we understand the importance of getting the most use out of your furnace, we want to stress that continuously choosing the repair route instead of replacement can cause more issues down the road. When dealing with an older furnace, you want to remember that older furnaces are more expensive to repair than new ones. In addition, if you have chosen to repair your older furnace multiple times, you may end up spending way more money than you had first planned. Whereas replacing your older unit with an energy-efficient one could come out to be about the same price as all your repairs. Not to mention that you will be saving money on your heating bill as well as having a newer and safer furnace installed in your home.

Myth 3: You Can Close Vent to Save Energy & Money

If you’ve ever heard through the grapevine that closing your vents or registers in unused rooms will help to save money and energy, we are going to have to debunk that furnace myth for you today. The only thing closing vents accomplishes is allowing airflow to build up. Which then places strain on the furnace and can cause problems for you later on that may cost you a pretty penny to fix. So overall, practicing this furnace myth is unfortunately counterproductive.

Myth 4: It Doesn’t Matter Where Your Thermostat Is Placed

Location, location, location! Keep in mind that this is very important when it comes to where your thermostat is placed. A few things can affect your thermostat from reading the temperature correctly. If the temperature is misread, then your furnace will blow out warm air according to the reading it is receiving. Because of this, your house may end up overheated or underheated. So when considering where you want to have your thermostat installed, keep in mind that you don’t want to place it in areas of direct sunlight, near a fireplace, or in an area where the vents or registers are blowing air directly onto it. As always, we recommend that you call a professional to assist with installation.

We hope this short list of furnace myths has been helpful and pointed you in the right direction for your furnace’s upkeep. If you have any issues with your furnace, we would love to be of service to you and your family. At Lancaster Furnace & Air Conditioning, we consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to show you what it means to experience our five-star service.

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