Heating your household (and the money it costs to do so) is a topic of much discussion between all sorts of people; as such, it is expected that some myths will arise through all the conversation. We know how myths work: what one person hears will be relayed to another, possibly even changing slightly, so on and so forth. So then how do we know which little tips to trust? Which are misleading?

One very common myth is that leaving the thermometer set at a constant, modest temperature will save money and energy. The reasoning is it takes more energy to heat or cool an area to a temperature than it does to maintain the temperature. This is generally not true; it is indeed better to set back your thermostat a few degrees when no one is home, for example.

A tip is to actually install a programmable thermostat, so it can regulate the activity of the heating and cooling systems depending on the time of day and whether someone is home or not.

Another myth (misconception may be a better word) is that using an electric heating system is more energy efficient than a fuel powered furnace and would save you money. Homes using electric heating are getting their power from fuel-burning power plants, which because of the size and distance are likely even less efficient than a household furnace.

If you are dissatisfied with the energy consumption of your home heating system, a tip would be either to convert to solar energy panels, or to a more modern, high-efficiency furnace, which can be up to 98% efficient. Call Acosta Heating & Cooling today to learn how we can help with your home comfort needs.