Getting to the Basics: Remodeling Projects

Are You Wasting Money With These Home Heating Mistakes?

by Jill Jenkins

Whether you live in a 500-square-foot apartment or a 5,000-square-foot home, the fact remains that heating your space during the frigid months of winter can be pricey. Nobody looks forward to receiving their monthly energy bills, but did you know you could be throwing money out the window if you're not heating your home responsibly and efficiently? Read on to learn about the top home heating mistakes you need to avoid.

Cranking Up the Thermostat When It's Cold

When the temperatures plunge, do you instinctively head over to the thermostat and crank up the temperature? If so, you're not only causing unnecessary stress on your furnace, but you're wasting money as well. Your home's heating system is designed to keep the temperature in your home steady regardless of the conditions outside. Therefore, if your thermostat is set to 70 degrees, your home should remain 70 degrees regardless of whether it's 40 degrees or -40 degrees outside. Turning the thermostat up to 75 when it's cold will only waste money, since you're probably going to feel uncomfortably warm and end up turning it back down anyway.

Using Electric Heaters

If you only use a few rooms in your home, you might think it'd be more energy efficient to utilize electric heaters rather than your home's furnace. After all, electricity is cheaper than gas, right? This may be so, but in the long run, you'll probably end up spending more in electricity costs to keep your home warm than you would with your furnace. That's because it takes a lot of electric power to run these heaters. Not to mention, they're a fire hazard and could easily overload your home's circuit breakers.

Closing Vents in Unused Rooms

Finally, if you have the vents closed in your unused rooms, you're also wasting your money. Contrary to popular belief, closing vents doesn't increase energy efficiency; in fact, it does just the opposite. Your home's heating system is designed to run at its highest efficiency level when all your vents and return ducts are open. When you close some of them, you throw off the air pressure and balance of the entire system, which causes unnecessary wear and tear on your furnace and wastes money.

If you're guilty of any of these home heating mistakes, now's the time to correct them. You might be surprised at how much money you can save by doing so. For more information, contact CRT Mechanical or a similar company.