These four common heating mistakes are well-intentioned, but they will end up costing you money and putting more stress on your already hard-working heating system.
Mistake 1: Letting your house get too cold at night
Temperature extremes are not your thermostat’s friend. Yes, you can potentially save some pennies by turning your thermostat way down at night while everyone is asleep.
But then what happens when you wake up? It’s freezing! So you crank the thermostat and your furnace starts working away—way harder than is ideal—trying to warm your space back up again.
What to do instead: Aim for 1 or 2 degrees lower at night. This will still help you save money, plus it won’t cost you later in wear-and-tear heater repairs caused by overwork.
You can also program your thermostat to start heating to your preferred day-time temperature about a half-hour before you have to get up.
Mistake 2: Asking your heater to do more than it can
When the outside temperature reaches extreme lows, this can place undue stress on your heating system. This is because, in most cases, certain types of heating systems are designed to heat efficiently only when the outdoor air stays above zero degrees.
Some newer high-efficiency heating systems do a better job of this, but in general, if you find you keep adjusting your thermostat to reach higher temperatures and nothing actually changes, this may either indicate a repair is needed or it may simply mean your heating system is already doing all it can to keep you warm in extreme cold weather.
Mistake 3: Leaving the heat on all the time
If you don’t have a programmable thermostat and you have an old-school heating system that won’t take an after-market add-on, you may have no choice but to keep the heat on continually or risk coming home to a freezing house.
But if you have a programmable thermostat or a system that can take one, it will cost you more to leave the heater running continuously than to shut it off and turn it on strategically. In fact, a programmable thermostat’s job is to turn your heating system on or off as needed to maintain temperature consistency according to your needs.
It can take some trial and error to figure out a programming schedule that is comfortable and cost-efficient, but once you do, the periods when your heater is not running will give it some much-needed R&R, and when it does run, you can know it is helping to control your utility costs by maintaining temperature consistency.
Mistake 4: Not sealing air leaks and unused spaces during heater season
When temperatures plunge, it is time to get serious about keeping the warm air in and the cold air out.
Sealing up air leaks (close and lock all windows and doors, weatherstrip and patch as needed) can ensure warm air isn’t sneaking out into the cold.
And sealing off unused spaces (closing air vents, adjusting thermostats for zoning) can ensure that warm air is used exclusively to heat your actual living spaces.
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Original Article by: Shipton's