The heating system is something most homeowners rely on and most understand that using it means some operating costs. Though it should reflect on your utility bills, the operating costs for your heating should not be excessive. If your bills are dramatically higher, there are many common heating mistakes you might unintentionally be making. With this in mind, we at Absolute P&M Services would like to share these mistakes and how to use your heater as efficiently as possible.
Relying on an Outdated, Basic Thermostat
You can easily cut back on your energy bills when you have a programmable thermostat and use it as you should. To allow you to make different schedules for your heating system, modern programmable thermostats can help. Since it learns from your heating and cooling preferences and adjusts itself accordingly to bring you the best in efficiency, you can even take this a step further and get a smart or WiFi thermostat.
Forgoing a Humidifier
In any given home, the ideal relative humidity level is between 30-50%. You and your home can suffer can result with anything lower than 30% is too dry. For starters, property damage can be caused from dry air. This dries out wood furnishings and even wood instruments, leading to splitting and breaking. Additionally, it dries out wood furnishings and even wood instruments, leading to splitting and breaking as the dry air will dry out our sinuses. Dry air makes us feel cooler as well. In order to keep you comfortable, all that’s doing is causing the furnace to run longer than it should have to, we turn our heaters on full blast to try to compensate. Throughout the entire home to combat any problems dry air can bring, a whole-house humidifier can be installed directly into your ductwork to distribute the right level of humidity.
Maintaining too High Temperature Setting
The Department of Energy recommends a temperature setting of about 68°F. This is the best setting if you really want to save if you really want to save, and when you are not home or when you are sleeping, it is best to lower. In order to keep you comfortable, the idea is to get your furnace to only run as long as it needs without completely turning it off. This allows your home and the system’s ductwork to cool down if you turn it off completely. After having it completely off than it would if you’d kept it as a reasonable setting, your heater will have to use a lot more energy trying to get back up to your desired temperature.
Tolerating Inadequate Insulation
You can prevent heat transfer with the right type and the right amount of insulation. This indicates that the heat from your furnace or heat pump will actually stay in your living space. To ensure that your home truly is properly insulated, it is important to note here too, that you may want to have our home performance experts take a look in your home and check for drafty doors and windows, or even damaged ductwork.