During the colder months of the year, your heater can be one of the biggest expenses on your monthly utility bill. If your heating bill this winter has been inexcusably high, you may be making a few common heating mistakes. Here are a few things that you can watch out for when using your heater. By correcting these mistakes, you can significantly reduce the amount of energy you use to heat your home. And if you need repairs or maintenance for heating and air in Alpharetta, be sure to contact Triad Mechanical.
If you come home from a long trip and your thermostat has been turned way down while you were gone, you probably want to heat up as quickly as possible. You might also face the same issue if you don’t have a programmable thermostat, and you wake to a cold house after turning your thermostat down for the night. So, you crank up your thermostat to a much higher temperature than you need, hoping it will warm up your home more quickly this way. That just doesn’t work.
Your home’s heater only has one speed, and it can only pump warm air into your home so quickly. Turning your thermostat way up won’t get your home warm any quicker; it’ll just make your heater work harder and cost you more money.
You probably heard your parents say it when you were younger and forgot to close a door behind you when you went outside: “We’re not paying to heat the whole neighborhood!” But what your parents didn’t know is that they probably were paying to heat the whole neighborhood - just not through open doors. Rather, heat seeps out of many homes (and cold seeps in) through cracks around doors and windows.
If you can see daylight peeking through between your door and the doorframe, then that means your heat is escaping through there. You should also hold a hand in front of your windows and see if you can feel any cold breezes coming in. If you can, your heater is working overtime trying to “heat the whole neighborhood,” as your dad would say. Seal up those cracks and gaps with caulking, weather stripping, and breeze blockers to save on your heating bill.
Many homeowners think that if there is a room in the house that isn’t being frequently used, then they can save on heating the room by closing the vents in the space and shutting the door. While this might make sense in your head, in practice, it actually has quite the opposite effect. Closing vents and doors obstructs airflow and puts extra strain on your HVAC system. Leaving all of your vents and doors open is the best way to reduce your heating bill.
Finally, don’t make the mistake of having your heater run at the same temperature all day and all night. Program it to heat your home to a lower temperature at night and when everyone is usually out of the house. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, you can turn down your heater when you go to bed and when you leave the house; however, a programmable thermostat is a smart investment for your home.
If your heater needs a tune-up or a total replacement, contact Triad Mechanical for maintenance and heating and AC installation in Alpharetta today.
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