Your home’s heating system keeps your family comfortable during winter. But are you using your heater as efficiently as you could be?
Kick These Expensive Heating Habits
Adjusting the Thermostat Too Much
Some folks believe that turning the temperature up higher than you want it set to will warm your home more quickly. However, what it actually does is make your system work harder and cycle on more frequently as it tries to warm your home to the desired temperature. Keep your home set at a constant temperature that’s comfortable for you and your family to keep your energy bills constant.
Closing Vents in Your Home
Blocking or closing off vents in attempts to redirect conditioned air to different areas of your home is actually a massive waste of energy. Just as you need to change your air filter once it’s dirty to prevent your system from overworking, your HVAC system will work twice as hard to push more air past a closed or blocked off vent—expending more energy than necessary to heat your home.
Ignoring Small Problems
Small problems are the precursor to major issues. If you’re experiencing changes in how your heating system works—an increase in how long it takes to heat your home, frequent cycling, a spike in your energy bills, or a lack of warm air—a bigger breakdown could be on its way. Contact a professional HVAC technician at the first sign of trouble to get your system back up and running and prevent more costly repairs.
Save Energy While Heating Your Home
If you want to save money and keep your home comfortable this season, keep these easy tips in mind:
- Cover windows. Hanging insulated curtains helps block heat loss from drafty windows.
- Fix drafty windows and doors. Resealing any drafts in your home can help prevent major energy loss all year long.
- Set it and forget it. Set your thermostat at the lowest possible temperature that’s comfortable for your family—then leave it set at that temperature to prevent spikes in your energy bill.
The team at Grapids Heating & Cooling, Inc. is trained in all kinds of furnaces and heat pump systems to help you get your home’s heat back up and running this season. Check out our services online and contact our team by phone at (616) 223-6777 to schedule your service today!