In the cold months, your heating system is one of the most important things in your home. However, in an effort to keep warm, you may very well be driving up heating costs. Here are some mistakes you may be making in your home that might be increasing your heating bill.
Attempting to Warm House Quickly by Setting the Temperature Too High
When you get home after work and the house is cold, you may think it's a good idea to set the temperature as high as possible so that the house heats more quickly. However, you run the risk of making the house hotter than you need it to be, which may result in higher heating costs over time. Your furnace actually cycles longer in order to get to the highest temperatures, but setting the thermostat to a higher number doesn't make the furnace pump heat faster. Instead, set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature and exercise some patience.
Not Cleaning the Furnace Filter
If you're like most people, you don't give your furnace much thought until it stops working. You may not change your furnace filter as often as you need to, just because you don't think about it often. However, a dirty filter covered with dust and other debris can lead to a number of problems for your furnace. For one thing, the blower will have to work harder to heat your home, which may raise your heating costs by about 25%.
To avoid this, simply make sure that you clean the furnace filter on a regular basis. It is typically located inside the blower compartment. Be sure to turn the furnace off and slide the filter out. Using an old toothbrush or a stiff-bristle brush, brush off dirt and dust. If the filter is ripped or has holes in it, get a replacement filter at any home improvement store.
Using Incandescent Bulbs
You may already be aware that incandescent bulbs give off some heat, and while you might not think they are heating your house as much as your furnace, you might think they are helping a little bit. In fact, incandescent lights may be driving up utility costs at a time when you need those bills to stay low. They use more energy than LED and CFL lights, making them inefficient and costing you more money over time. Replace incandescent light bulbs in your home so you can save money as much as possible in the winter.
Now that you are aware of things you are doing that may make your heating bills higher, use the information in this article to make better choices. Talk with a local HVAC contractor, such as Ricks Repair Service, about ways you can keep heating costs down during the cold months.