Don't Spend Too Much On Heating This Winter: Avoid These Mistakes

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Despite how common home heating resources are, the misconceptions about using these resources still seem to be widespread and rampant. Unfortunately, these misconceptions lead to many homeowners wasting valuable heating funds throughout the cold weather season. If you are looking to manage your home heating costs through the rest of this winter, here are some things that you should know.

Don't Turn The Heat Up Just Because It's Colder Outside

It's tempting, when you feel the temperature drop outside, to turn the temperature on the thermostat up to make it warmer inside. The fact is that the only thing that this ultimately does is cost you more in your heating budget. Turning the thermostat up doesn't heat your home up any faster. Your furnace can only heat your home at its given rate, regardless of where the thermostat is set, so turning the thermostat up just leads to a warmer temperature when the furnace reaches that temperature. Then, you find yourself turning it back down when it becomes too warm in the house.

Don't Turn The Temperature Way Down When You Leave

You might think that you don't really need the furnace running much when you aren't home, and that heating your home when you aren't there is a waste of money. This can lead to turning the thermostat down far too low when you leave the house in the morning. When you do that, it means you are coming home to a cold house when you return, leading you to turn the thermostat up even further when you do come home. In addition, if you turn the thermostat down too far, you also risk facing frozen pipes and water damage due to insufficient heat indoors.

Don't Close Vents In Empty Rooms

Many people believe that the best way to maintain heat with a forced air system is to only leave heat vents open in the rooms that are currently being used. There is a misconception that, when you close some vents, all of the air that would be coming out those vents gets redistributed to the rest of the house. That isn't always the case. The air vent system that your furnace uses is designed exclusively for optimal airflow to keep your home warm. If you close a vent, even in an unused room, you disrupt that airflow and actually reduce the efficiency of your heating system. This leads to your heating system working harder, which costs you more money.

For more energy-saving advice, reach out to a residential heating service in your area.

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