As this winter season progresses, you may notice your heating bill continues to rise. Because of this, many homeowners look for ways to better maintain their utilities in order to help save money. However, what many homeowners don’t realize is that certain heating mistakes can cause your heating bill to rise more than is needed. It can be confusing at times as to why your heating bill continues to increase. Hal Mechanical will share some of the most common mistakes homeowners do when heating their home.
Crank Up the Heat
Southern Nevada can have odd temperature swings in the winter. During the day, temperatures may be rather decent but come sundown, it quickly drops. Often homeowners will run to their thermostats and crank up the heat when the sun goes down. However, a sudden increase of temperature demand only puts more stress on the furnace or heating system. This stress causes the fuel whether it is gas or electricity to heat up the home. Instead, invest in a programmable thermostat and simply program the temperature so the heating system can maintain a constant temperature instead of a sudden increase.
Inadequate Attic Insulation & Home Sealing
As the homeowner, it is essential to properly maintain your home’s insulation. There are many aspects of insulation. The attic and interior walls are filled with insulation which helps the inside of the home maintain its temperature. If the insulation degrades, it needs to be replaced. Another aspect of insulation is the doors and windows. If there is air leaking due to bad weather stripping or the windows don’t function properly, they allow air from outside to come in and your conditioned air to leak outside. As the homeowner, it is essential to maintain all aspects of your insulation.
Avoid Closing Off Vents
Homeowners will often close vents in unused parts of the house. The idea is to force the heated air into the used parts of the home. This is actually a major mistake. When closing off vents, the air can’t flow and become restricted. This will put added stress on the furnace or heating system. As the concept might seem reasonable, you do not accomplish lower bills by closing off air vents. Make sure to leave all of them open to avoid adding stress to the heating or cooling system along with premature wear and tear and an increased utility bill.
Using Alternative Ways of Heating is a Mistake
Some homeowners will buy space heaters or keep a gas fireplace running throughout the day to heat the inside of the home. Using alternative heating sources will actually cost you more money as they are far less effective. If you find you need more heat in the areas you occupy the most, use the fireplace or space heater along with your home heating system. Working together, they can help put less stress on the heating system and aid in saving money that way.
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There are a number of ways you can reduce your home utility bills and you can start by avoiding these common mistakes. If you find you need heating or air conditioning repair services or more, contact Hal Mechanical today.