Winter is upon us, and there’s no arguing the need for heat. People are getting their furnaces tuned up and gearing up for the cold. However, many people are making common heating mistakes, and these things can end up costing you more money than necessary. Learn how to avoid these ten common mistakes in today’s blog post from our local heating company.
1. Don’t neglect proper maintenance of your home’s heating system.
A furnace is something you don’t want to be without, and it’s one of the more expensive things to replace in your home. No one wants to have an unexpected furnace emergency in the dead of winter, and you also don’t want to inadvertently shorten your furnace’s life by failing to give it the proper maintenance that it needs. Schedule an annual maintenance checkup to make sure that your furnace is tuned up for efficient running all winter long! You can also use this time to make sure that your heat vents are clear and in good working order.
2. Don’t keep the temperature too high
By “too high,” we don’t mean that stingy old Great Uncle Phil was right and you should never keep your house above 58 degrees in the winter. By all means, warm yourself up until you’re as toasty as it suits your taste. However, what we’re talking about is keeping your temperature higher than the level where your furnace can keep up. You’ll know that this is the case when you have to keep cranking the thermostat higher and higher, but the temperature in your home doesn’t respond accordingly.
For instance, let’s say that you want your house to be 70 degrees inside. You set the thermostat to 70 degrees, but it only gets up to 66. So you crank it up to 72, and then to 75, and then to 78, and finally, your home warms up to the desired temperature. This can be a sign that you’re putting too much strain on the furnace, that the furnace is too small for the size of the space that you’re trying to heat, or that your furnace is on its last legs and doesn’t have the power it used to have. The best way to resolve this problem is to get a qualified HVAC technician to visit and assess the reason why your furnace isn’t keeping up. It may be that a few simple repairs are all it takes to get you back up and running again.
3. Don’t keep the temperature too low
Since you’re a warm-blooded, comfort-loving mammal, we doubt that you’ll be setting your home’s thermostat in the 40s this winter (intentionally, anyway). However, if you leave for a vacation, or even if we have an unusually cold snap of freezing weather, your pipes can be at risk of freezing if you keep your home too cold. Make sure that you keep your home at a temperature where your pipes are not at risk of freezing. Pay particular attention to any pipes that are running through an outside wall, like your kitchen faucet and any water pipes in your bathroom. Try opening the cabinet doors to ensure that the temperature that’s circulating in the rest of the house will reach your pipes, too, and keep them from freezing.
4. Don’t leave the temperature at the same setting all the time
There are two times every day where you should reduce your home’s temperature to a lower setting: First, you can lower the thermostat during the day, while everyone is away from home (either at work or school). Second, at night while everyone is asleep, you can also opt for a lower temperature. There are many health benefits of sleeping in a cool (but not cold) room, and beyond that, there’s the benefit to your pocketbook when you save on heating bills this winter. A programmable thermostat can make it automatic for your home to cool down at these two times and then heat back up in preparation for you to wake up or walk in the door from work.
5. Don’t keep curtains closed during the day
At night, you should close your curtains (and make sure that your windows are well-sealed, too). This will keep out more of the cold air and help your heater to not have to work so hard. However, when you rise and shine, don’t forget to open the curtains and blinds, especially on any windows that face east, south, or west. Sunlight shining through the windows will bring a boost of heat to your home, cutting down on the amount that your furnace has to work to keep your home at the correct temperature.
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