The high cost of energy has most of us looking for ways to save on heating and cooling our homes, but many accepted truths about saving energy are well-intentioned myths. While some energy-savings myths are rooted in correct premises, many are a waste of time and can actually cost you money. Here are some of the most common energy-savings myths:
Myth 1: Energy-efficient air conditioners and furnaces will automatically save you money.
The truth: High-efficiency heating and cooling systems can pay for themselves over time, but only if they’re the right size and are properly installed.
Tip: Before purchasing a new furnace or air conditioner, contact an HVAC professional to determine the right size of equipment for your home. Always have your system installed by an HVAC professional.
Myth 2: When an appliance is turned off, it’s not using electricity.
The truth: Many electrical gadgets, from your VCR to your coffee maker to your computer printer, continue to use electricity when they’re turned off.
Tip: Use a power strip to plug in several similar appliances. When you’re not using them, turn off the power strip.
Myth 3: Electric heaters will lower your heating bill.
The truth: A gas furnace heats your home more cost-effectively than electric heaters. If you have an electric furnace, you may save money using electric heaters, but only if you use them in one room at a time. An exception to this rule is specific rooms that never seem to warm up, such as in a finished basement.
Tip: Install a programmable thermostat for the most efficient operation of your system.
Myth 4: Closing heat vents in unoccupied rooms will save money.
The truth: A closed vent redirects the air to other vents in the house, or worse, forces the air out through leaks in your ducts.
Tip: Keep all of your vents open to avoid air loss and to prevent back pressure on your system’s fan, which can increase the energy required to run the system.
Myth 5: Duct tape is the best option for sealing ducts.
The truth: Duct tape deteriorates quickly, especially in dusty areas, on warm surfaces (such as ducts) and on surfaces that aren’t properly prepared.
Tip: Use metal tape or mastic sealant to seal your ducts.
For more expert information about energy-savings myths or reducing energy costs in your Northeast Ohio home, please feel free to contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We’re always happy to help.
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