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Common Furnace Myths

Jan 7, 2022 | Blog, Cincinnati, Furnace, Heating, HVAC, Maintenance, OH, Ohio, Thermostat, Tip & Tricks, Winter

Five Star Heating & Cooling Cincinnati knows the struggle of conflicting furnace information pelting homeowners from every angle. It is truly a complicated thing to understand what is true versus what is false in the world of HVAC systems. Luckily for you, we have banded our team of knowledgeable experts together to present to you (our valued customer) a list of the top five furnace myths.

Myth: Tune-Ups & Safety Checks Are Not Needed

This is one myth we want to debunk right off the bat immediately. Tune-ups & safety checks are necessary! They confirm everything is working accordingly, but they are also recommended for safety reasons. Your furnace may seem like it is running perfectly, but many issues can lie below the surface. Because of this, it is essential to have a professional come to your home and make sure everything is running up to par. We recommend having your furnace serviced once a year. It would be particularly beneficial to have this completed in the fall or before the beginning of winter. If you have not scheduled one yet, it isn’t too late. You can call us today, and we will send out one of our NATE-certified technicians to your home as we can.

Myth: Setting the Temperature Higher to Heat the Home Faster

Have you ever felt a sudden chill inside your home and went to raise the temperature higher on the thermostat in the hopes that it would heat the home faster? Perhaps you even adjusted the thermostat back down to its usual setting after you felt like your house was suitably heated. We can see how this particular myth may seem practical. But realistically speaking, this method doesn’t work. It takes longer for a furnace to work itself up to reach the sudden desired temperature and allow the air to circulate throughout the entire house. In addition, doing this puts strain on the furnace. So this is not a myth we recommended practicing. Instead, it would be best if you keep your thermostat on its typical setting, make sure all registers are open, and give your furnace the appropriate amount of time to do its job. 

Myth: A Larger Furnace Means More Efficiency

In this case, bigger does not always mean better. Each furnace size is designed to heat an accordingly sized home. Having a large furnace does not mean that your home will stay heated better. Getting the right furnace for the size of your home is the best way to save you time, energy, and, most importantly, money. Furnaces that are too big and incorrectly sized for smaller homes will run more and use up large amounts of energy. Thus, causing your utility bills to increase.

Myth: Run Your Furnace on Its Last Leg Until It Runs No More

While we understand the need to get your use out of a previous furnace, we do not recommend running your furnace into the ground. It is a common misconception that you can continually replace malfunctioning parts. But in all reality doing this multiple times will create a Frankenstein-monster furnace and could cause safety issues. 

Myth: A High-Efficiency Furnace is the Only Thing Needed to Save Energy

A high-efficiency furnace is ALL you need. Wrong! Even with the most expensive top-of-the-line, high-efficiency furnace, without a properly winterized house to go with it, all that money spent on the furnace quite literally blows out the door. High-efficiency furnaces are made to save energy which in turn saves you money. But suppose you have unsealed cracks in your house, inadequate insulation in your attic, or gaps underneath doors that allow air to creep out. In that case, your high-efficiency furnace will not run properly and work how it was intended to. Set your furnace up for success by going through your home and checking to see where you can make adjustments accordingly.

Hopefully, going through these five myths has been informative to you and can give you an idea of what direction to take when it comes to the upkeep of your furnace. Five Star Heating & Cooling Cincinnati cares about you, your home, and your family. A cozy home is a happy home. If you are experiencing any issues with your furnace, call us at your convenience. We would be honored to be allowed the opportunity to serve you.

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