9 Facts You Won’t Believe About Heating

Heating Facts

Summer is over (bummer) and with the season changing, there are some adjustments we have to make in our everyday lives; warmer clothing, pumpkin-spice-everything, and cranking up the heater. There are many facts and things to know about your heating unit, and Valley Air is here to keep you informed.
Here are some facts you won’t believe about heating!


    • Your Heater Takes Up 42% of Your Utility Bill
      Although pumpkin-spice-everything may be a contributing factor to the overall dollars spent in your household (at least it is for us), heating your home actually uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home. This is due to constant use of our heaters, adjusting the temperature to our liking, or even having an inefficient furnace.
    • Lowering Your Temperature Lowers Your Bill by 10%
      A great way to be cost effective when using your heater is adjusting your temperate a tad. If you turn down your thermostat a few degrees, you won’t be able to tell the difference and save up to 10% off your heating bill. Every penny counts!
    • Your Heater Setting Affects Your Tolerance for Cold Temperatures
      If you’re used to your heater running, a cold day may seem colder than it actually is. The same goes for your AC, a hot day may seem hotter to you if you are accustomed to the AC running in your home.
    • Humidity Affects Your Mood
      High levels of humidity can actually lower your concentration, resulting in an increase in sleepiness. Rising temperatures can also lower your anxiety and skepticism.
    • Regular Maintenance is Crucial
      A five-bedroom home collects an average of 34 pounds of dust a year. Regular maintenance is crucial to taking care of your HVAC system.
    • Consumer Prefer Gas Heating
      Nearly half of the heating systems out there are powered by gas! Gas tends to be the preferred choice because of its efficiency and power when compared against electricity. Electric units do tend to be lower in cost though so if you’re looking at a more affordable unit then electricity might be the way to go.
    • Gas Didn’t Always Help with Heating Our Homes
      You might think that the natural gas being used today for heating was always used for that purpose, but this isn’t the case. Back in the 1800s, its main usage was to provide lighting to homes & streets.
    • Higher Temperature Does Not Mean Instant Warmness
      If you choose to make your thermostat temperature higher, this will not mean that your home will be warmer faster. This’ll simply cause your utility bills to be higher faster.
    • Natural Gas Is Actually Odorless
      That smell that lets you might think is natural gas, is actually not it. Natural gas does not produce a smell. This smell is actually added purposely for you to be able to tell that there is a leak going on.

We hope you were able to learn something new thanks to our heating facts. If you’re in need of assistance with repairing, maintaining your current heater or installing a new unit, we can help!

Valley Air Conditioning & Heating has been in business since 1964 and proudly serves Modesto, CA and the surrounding communities.




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