When nearing the end of summer, it’s time to think about how to stay warm during the coldest months of the year. That means being diligent in cutting costs because according to Energy Star, the largest part of your utility bill is heating. But in trying to save, you may get confused by misinformation. You may have heard that you can conserve energy by closing the doors to rooms where heating is not needed, for example. This is unfortunately not true, and there are so many other falsehoods out there. Speak to the professionals at 24 Heating & Cooling to help you with your HVAC service questions to make sure you are conserving properly and maintaining the right level of comfort.
Raising the Temperature
Some people think that raising the temperature on the thermostat will heat the home faster. But in reality, your home will always heat at the same pace and your HVAC system will only work harder, costing you more money and increasing your chances of needing a furnace repair.
Heat Loss Through Gaps
Cold air can find a way in through the smallest gaps in your windows and doors, straining your heating system. You pay for that warm air, so don’t let it escape by installing draft stoppers or weatherstripping.
Additional Heat Sources
When you don’t feel as warm as you need to, you may choose other sources of heat, like a fireplace or space heater. Most HVAC companies will tell you to use these in tandem with your central heating system rather than as the primary heat for the home. They can be expensive and create a fire hazard.
Closing Doors and Sealing the Vents
Contrary to popular belief, closing doors and vents in unused rooms obstruct airflow through your ducts and lead to a harder working furnace with a higher heating bill. You may need furnace repair sooner.
Heating When it’s not Needed
Keeping your furnace running all the time is a waste of energy and money. Give yourself a break on your utility bill with a programmable thermostat that runs at lower temperatures when you’re not there or overnight. You will save as much as 10% on your utility bill and you will prolong the time between furnace service calls, saving you even more money.