Winter is right around the corner. If you are like most homeowners, you do not want to get caught with heating problems during this time of the year. Heating problems not taken care of right away could lead to unnecessary heating costs. Check out these five mistakes to avoid this winter.
Thermostat Being Pushed Up too High
Most people when returning to a cold home will immediately turn the furnace thermostat up beyond 80. Turning the thermostat up high will not warm your home any faster than normal. However it will increase your electric bill without the results you thought you were achieving.
House Temperature Dropping too Low
It is best not to allow the temperature in your home too low. Allowing your temperature to drop to low at night will require your heating system to pull extra hard to warm up your home, this will cause your heating bill to increase.
Sunlight Heat Not Being Utilized
When away from home, open your curtains and allow the sunlight to naturally heat your home. Sunlight can warm your home and give the heating system a break during the warmest times of the day. Be sure to keep windows free of dirt to allow as much sunlight in as possible. If away from home, it is best to use a programmable thermostat to avoid throwing away money on heating an empty home. Programmable thermostats save homeowners money each year on their energy bill.
Air Filters Being Neglected
Check and change air filters at least every three months. HVAC professionals agree that this is one of the best ways to improve air quality and reduce allergens floating throughout the air.
Not Calling HVAC Professionals
Schedule a visit from a HVAC professional. A technician can check your furnace to make sure it is in top shape before winter arrives. Once winter arrives weather conditions or a long list of other schedule appointments could interfere with a technician from coming to your home in a timely manner. To find out more about getting your heating system checked today, contact us.