There are many misconceptions about your gas furnaces that may lead you to believe they aren’t a good fit for your home. However, many of these misconceptions aren’t true and may lead you to make decisions that don’t benefit your home.
If you are hoping to clear up many of the most common misconceptions about gas furnaces, our team at Genuine Comfort is here to help. Keep reading to learn some of the most common misconceptions and give yourself peace of mind about your home’s gas furnace.
1. Gas Furnaces Are Bad For Your Health
One of the most common misconceptions about your gas furnaces is that they are bad for your health. Often, it is believed that they can cause gas leaks in your home and may even lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. But this is not completely true. As long as your gas furnace is properly maintained, you shouldn’t experience any problems that lead to health concerns.
If you are worried about potential illness, schedule regular maintenance with your heating and air professional to ensure no problems are occurring in your system. These professionals should be able to catch any problems that may arise before they become substantial.
2. You Don’t Need To Schedule Maintenance For Your Furnace If It’s Working Fine
While we understand that scheduling maintenance for your furnace might seem unnecessary if it is working properly, this common misconception is untrue. It is essential that you schedule regular maintenance for your gas furnace in order for it to continue working properly. If you leave your furnace unattended, problems can quickly persist.
During regular maintenance, your professional can change filters and clean all the necessary parts. Additionally, this regular maintenance of your furnace can ensure that it stays energy efficient. If you have put off your gas furnace maintenance because you thought it would be fine, you should consider calling a professional.
3. If You Turn Your Furnace Up, Your House Warms Up Faster
Turning up your gas furnace sounds like a great way to warm your home up faster. However, this common misconception is not true. Turning up the temperature on your furnace doesn’t have an impact on how quickly your home warms up, though. The temperature set on your furnace only impacts how long the furnace burns.
So, as you turn the temperature up, your furnace will continue to burn at the same intensity, just for longer periods of time. While we know a cold home can be uncomfortable, you aren’t benefitting yourself by turning the temperature up, and it may be best to bundle up while you wait for the temperature to increase.
4. It’s Less Expensive To Repair Your Old Furnace Than To Replace It
There are certainly many home appliances that can be repaired and go on to last for many years, working as well as they always have. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case for many gas furnaces. As your gas furnace gets older, newer, more energy-efficient furnaces make their way onto the market.
While repairing your old furnace will ensure it works, it won’t work as well as a new furnace, and it won’t be as efficient as a new one, and you may end up spending more money on your energy bills. If you notice your energy bill going up and think your furnace just requires maintenance, talk to your professional about whether they believe you should upgrade to a more energy-efficient device.
5. Gas Furnaces Dry Out The Air In Your Home
The air during the winter months already does a good job of drying out your skin, leaving you feeling uncomfortable. You may also think your gas furnace is drying out the air in your home. But this misconception about your furnace is not true.
Many modern furnaces do a great job of maintaining the humidity levels in your home. Ultimately, gas furnaces aren’t responsible for a decrease in the moisture in your home. If you’re feeling drier during the winter months while using your furnace, it may be a result of other unaddressed factors.
6. Closing Vents In Unused Rooms Saves You Money
We covered this in August’s blog, but we’ll give you the shortened version. This misconception is untrue. In fact, closing vents anymore than 75% in unused rooms may do more harm than good. Your HVAC system is designed specifically for your home’s proportions. If you close your vents in unused rooms, static pressure can build up in the vents.
As static pressure builds up, you may notice increases in your energy bill and premature breakdown of your gas furnace. This means you’re spending more money than just leaving your vents open. As appealing as it may sound to close your vents in rooms you’re not using to save yourself money, don’t do it.
Caring For Your Gas Furnace With Genuine Comfort
There is one common thread that ties many of these common misconceptions about gas furnaces together, and that is maintenance. To avoid many of the most common problems with a gas furnace, you should schedule regular maintenance for your gas furnace. It will keep the device running its best and ensure your home is comfortable through the cooler months.
If you are looking for a reliable team for furnace maintenance, our team at Genuine Comfort is the right choice for you. With years of experience, we are confident that we can help you through any furnace problem you might have and keep your home warm all winter long. If you need to schedule maintenance for your furnace or would like to talk to a professional about whether it is time to upgrade, reach out to our team today.