I know first thing we think when winter season is approaching is heating, we have to make sure we manage them properly to avoid having an overworked heating system. Read thru the article :
Here are six mistakes homeowners commonly make when heating their homes, and how you can avoid these pitfalls in the coming months.
1. Turning Up a Thermostat Too High To Heat a Cold House Quickly
When coming home to a cold house, it might be tempting to turn the heater up into the 80s to try to heat it faster. But thermostats don’t work like an accelerator on a car, as the Telegraph reports, and turning the heat up to blistering levels won’t warm your home faster. So just be patient and it will save you money.
2. Turning the Thermostat Way Down at Night
If you let the temperature in your house fall dramatically overnight, it’s going to require a lot of work from your heating system to warm the home in the morning. That could really cost you when the heating bill arrives.
3. Overworking a Thermostat That Has Its Limits
If you want the house to be 70 degrees and your thermostat is only reaching 66 degrees, turning the thermostat up to 74 degrees in an attempt to make up the difference could be a huge mistake. The furnace could be forced to work beyond its capability. Instead, find out what’s causing the problem and fix it. Heat could be escaping somewhere in your home, or you may need to replace a faulty furnace.
4. Heating an Empty House
In this day and age of controlling everything from a phone app, one of the easiest ways to save money is to install a system that can be adjusted remotely. Heating an empty home is one of the easiest ways to waste money, so a programmable thermostat can save hundreds of dollars every year. Giving your thermostat a break every day – but don’t overdo it; see No. 2 – can also be beneficial to a longer life for your heating system.
5. Leaving Curtains Closed on Sunny Days
While your home is vacant, open the curtains to allow as much heating sunlight into your dwelling as possible. According to Gaiam Life, it’s most important that all south-facing windows are left uncovered. Solar warmth can go a long way not only in heating a house, but also in helping to give the furnace a break during the warmest hours of the day.
BONUS TIP: Keep all windows clean. Gaiam Life also says dusty, dirty windows don’t allow as much sunlight into your home, which could cost you valuable heating power.