We all hope to live comfortably throughout the winter season without spending too much on heating bills. Sometimes, the very tricks that we employ to reduce heating costs can actually have the opposite effect. Here are a few common mistakes that you should avoid making if your goal is efficient heating in Bolingbrook, IL this winter.
Cranking the Heat Up
What do you do when you come home and the house is colder than you anticipated. If you walk over to the thermostat and dial it up to eighty, then you need to adjust your habits. Remember, the thermostat is just a switch that turns your heater on and off. Dialing it up to a very high temperature is not going to make your home heat up any faster. It is just going to give the heater a tough, if not impossible, target to hit before cycling off.
Fiddling with the Thermostat
If you set your thermostat higher than you should, get too warm, and dial it down, only to turn it back up later on when you realize your too cool, you are wasting a lot of energy. Try setting your thermostat at a moderate temperature, around sixty-eight, and then make minor adjustments to find your comfort sweet spot. You don’t have to leave your thermostat at one setting all winter long, but constantly adjusting it is going to put unnecessary wear and tear on your system while leaving you to pay high energy bills.
Shutting the System Off While You Work
It takes less energy to maintain a regular heating cycle than it does to start and stop the heater. Now, you don’t want to pay to keep an empty house very comfortable all day while you’re at work. However, if you shut the system down entirely, you are going to come home to a cold environment, and that may lead you to make the first mistake in this list upon arriving home. Use a programmable thermostat to maintain moderate temperatures during the day, while heating your home up to a more comfortable temperature shortly before you get back for the night.
If you have any questions, contact the heating experts at DuAll Heating & Cooling.