Updated: September 29, 2021
As the temperatures drop and thermostats rise, we tend to forget that small mistakes or oversights could result in higher energy bills. Here are a few helpful tips to ensure you are comfortably heating your home and not wasting money in the process.
Avoid adjusting your thermostat
Turning your thermostat up too high too quickly is not a good idea. Though tempting, turning your thermostat up to 80º to quickly warm a cold home can put a strain on your heating system—and it won’t heat your home any faster. Taking a patient approach, you’ll save money and know that your heating system is not being overworked.
And, you might think that turning the thermostat way down for the night is a responsible, energy-saving tactic. The reality is, a cold house in the morning causes your heating system to work extra hard to warm your home. This can translate into a higher utility bill. You can lower the temperature during the nighttime hours, but avoid extremes.
What’s the best temperature for sleeping? Sleep Foundation research shows that “most doctors recommend keeping the thermostat set between 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit (15.6 to 19.4 degrees Celsius).”
Set your thermostat to match your heating system’s capacity
If your heating system is not reaching its intended temperature and you overshoot your thermostat to compensate, you could be doing more harm than good. All furnaces have a limit. Don’t force yours beyond its capacity. Instead, take the time to find out why your home is not staying warm. Search for places that heat might be escaping. Have your furnace inspected for any issues. A simple fix could save you a lot of money down the road.
Install a smart home thermostat
Why heat your home when you are not there? Installing a smart thermostat with remote access is one of the best ways to save money. Accessing your thermostat from your phone, tablet or computer when you’re away is a reality. In addition, smart thermostats can learn what temperatures you like and when you like them. The result is a more comfortable, more efficient home that could save you hundreds of dollars a year on heating costs while prolonging the life of your heating system.
Open your window coverings during the day
Let the sun help heat your home. Opening curtains and lifting shades is a great way to heat your home naturally. Let the sunlight in—it’s free! Solar radiation during the warmest hours of the day can go a long way in helping your home stay warm. And it’ll give your heating system a much-deserved break.
Keep windows closed
It is imperative during the winter months to make sure your windows are sealed. This is an easy step to overlook. Go around to every window in your home and lock them shut. Even the smallest open window can cause heat to escape, putting extra burden on your heating system, and costing you in higher energy bills. What could be a simpler way to keep heat inside?
Get a heating system tune-up
Professional heating system tune-ups increase efficiency and save money. Sila can help keep your family comfortable and your home heating system running efficiently during this winter season. Schedule a heating system tune-up today!