You may be brainstorming ways to start weatherizing your home during the cooler months. If you’re not sure where to start, we’ll help you debunk a few of the weatherization myths out there. Greg Schomburg, owner of Schomburg Heating & Cooling Inc., offers his expertise.
1. You can put your thermostat anywhere
Truth: The thermostat should be centrally located within the space. It should have no outside influences, like sunshine, or be near windows and doors. There are no rules because this is based entirely on the space, home or building.
2. You should run your thermostat at the same temperature all day, every day
Truth: You should set your thermostat to your comfort level and leave it.
3. New windows are the only way to get rid of drafts
Truth: It is one way, but not the only way.
4. Turning off your thermostat during the day saves energy
Truth: Turning your thermostat off during the day saves energy ONLY if you leave it off.
5. Fireplaces reduce heat bills
Truth: If a fireplace is your primary heat source, then yes, it does. Otherwise, it will actually increase your bill because it will let hot air out of the house and cost more energy than not.
6. Space heaters use more energy
Truth: Yes, space heaters do use more energy.
7. It takes hot water heaters longer to warm up in the winter
Truth: It depends on where you live. In the north, yes. In Florida, no. In Missouri, it takes longer to heat water in the winter.
8. Programmable thermostats save money
Truth: The answer is no. Studies prove you should pick a temperature and leave it.