A Couple Of Gas Furnace Myths You May Believe

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A furnace can be one of the best ways to keep your home comfortable when it is blisteringly cold outside. However, if you have recently bought a home with a furnace, you may not know much about this device. Unfortunately, believing some common myth about these devices can cause you to have a poor understanding about what to expect from this type of heating unit. There are two myths in particular that you should disregard when it comes to your furnace. 

Myth: Gas Furnaces Can All Function Without Electricity

Many homeowners may make the assumption that their gas furnace will always work when the power goes out. While it is true that there are many systems capable of operating without electricity, there are some that cannot. More precisely, forced air gas furnaces require electricity to power the fans that circulate the air throughout your home. Without power, these systems can still generate heat but they can not circulate it throughout the building. 

As a result, you should check to determine whether your system is a forced air unit. If you still have the owner's manual, you can simply read it to see whether the system includes a forced air unit. For those with a forced air unit, the only way to ensure you have heat when the power gets interrupted is by installing a generator that can power the furnace until electricity is restored. 

Myth: Thermostat Maintenance Does Not Influence Furnace Performance

You may not realize that your thermostat plays a major role in determining your furnace's efficiency. Yet, if the thermostat is providing inaccurate readings, the furnace may sporadically turn on and off. This can contribute to increased wear and tear on the system which will eventually make system failures more likely to occur. Also, the constant turning on and off will waste gas, which can lead to higher energy bills during the winter months. 

To avoid these issues, you should make it a point to regularly clean the thermostat. As time passes, large amounts of dust can accumulate on the exterior and interior of this device. Luckily, this is not a difficult task to perform. By using a can of air duster, you can quickly remove the dust from the device without damaging the sensitive internal components, and performing this simple step at least once a month can help you avoid this routine problem.

Getting the most from your gas furnace requires having a basic understanding of these rather complex devices. By dispelling these two common myths, you can enhance your knowledge and avoid some routine problems that uninformed gas furnace owners may experience. For more information, contact a local heating company, like Salem Heating & Sheet Metal, Inc.

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