One of the best ways of knowing how to keep your home heater running smoothly is learning more about it. Plus, home heaters are amazing pieces of technology that may surprise you the more you know about them. So, here are some of the top facts about your home heater that you probably did not know.
1) Home Heaters Avoid Frozen Pipes
Frozen pipes are one of the worst plumbing problems to deal with; they can damage your plumbing components and be expensive to repair. But did you know that your home heating system is partially responsible for keeping this problem at bay? Home heaters thaw your pipes and keep them warm, preventing them from freezing.
2) Home Heaters Consume a Lot of Energy
Home heating systems are one of the biggest energy consumers in your home. Usually, Edmonton’s home heaters consume up to 50-60% of the home’s total energy consumption. Even the most efficient home heaters consume a lot of energy. And if you do not maintain your home heating system well, they can consume even more energy. So, it is always a good idea to have your heating system serviced by us.
3) Home Heater Can Be Eco-Friendly, Too
As the above point has highlighted, home heaters are one of the primary energy consumers in your home, but there is one type of home heater that is not; they are called geothermal heaters. A geothermal heater uses the ground’s geothermal power around your home to keep your indoors warm, making them the most environmentally conscious home heating systems.
4) Stack Effect Can Affect Your Bills
The stack effect is how the air moves within your home. In simple terms, the warm air within your home is less dense than cold air outdoors, making it want to rise up and out of your home. This causes the warm air to rise to the attic and the cold air to settle in the basement. This is why you often find your basement to be colder than your top floor.
However, if your house has even a small leak, the stack effect can let the warm air out and suck cold air from outside, which, in turn, makes your heater work harder, consuming more energy.
5) Cranking Your Thermostat Won’t Heat Your Home Faster
One of the most prominent myths about home heaters is that if you turn up your thermostat all the way up, your home will heat up faster. The reality is that it doesn’t matter how much you turn your thermostat; your home will still warm at a steady rate. Cranking the thermostat makes your furnace work harder, which decreases its energy efficiency.
6) Furnaces Have Long Live
Take a guess, how long do you think your furnace will last? Three, seven, or twenty years? You’d be surprised to know that most furnaces can last as much as 18 to 25 years! Even the high-efficiency furnaces that tend to run harder last anywhere from 15 to 20 years. However, they only last so long if they are well maintained.
Get in touch with Capital Plumbing to know more about your heating system.