Heating Myths That Could Be Costing You

Photo of heating mythsHeating your home can be a very costly venture. Many people are looking for new and innovative ways of making their heating buck go farther, searching the internet for tips and tricks others have used to keep themselves warm in the cold of winter. However, within these searches, you are likely to stumble upon many heating myths that could end up costing you more than you bargained for.

Top Three Heating Myths

Myth #1 Installing New Windows Will Save You Money on Heating Costs.

The idea here is that heat and air are lost through older windows within your home. This is true. However, in replacing your windows, you accrue more cost than you may be bargaining for. While it still may be a good idea to update your windows in time, you can do just as well by updating the weather stripping.

Myth #2 Your Fireplace Will Heat up Your Home Best.

Fireplaces are a luxurious addition to any home. However, they may not be the best choice to heat a place. The fact is that when you start a fire with logs or gas in a fireplace, your fireplace draws oxygen from your environment, burns it, and shoots it through the chimney. In order to continuously burn, it draws cold air inside to have more oxygen. 

Myth #3 Its Cheaper to Run Space Heaters in Important Rooms Than Running Your Furnace.

Space heaters can bring warmth to small areas, giving you a quick reprieve from the cold. Because of this, people have begun to turn to space heaters as an efficient way of heating their home. The thinking is that because you only are using certain rooms, a space heater will be more economical within the home than turning on a furnace to heat the whole house. However, electricity being used by a space heater is actually more expensive as this system only heats a limited area and has no way to turn off.

Remember, the best way to keep your heating system efficient through the winter is to keep its maintenance up to date. Call Gore Heating & A/C Today at (910) 485-5877 for your heating and cooling maintenance needs.