How To Lower Your Winter Heating Costs
Once the cool weather begins to appear, you should start preparing your furnace and heating system. This is the perfect time of year to evaluate your home's heating costs. Here are some things you can do to help decrease your energy expenses while still keeping your home comfortable during the cold weather season:
Consider an Automated Heating Option
A great way to both save money on your heating energy expenses is to automate the heating. You need a thermostat you can program. This allows you to set your thermostat to your desired settings and times so the system can function without you being home. You can set it to decrease and increase the temperature for the times you will be away and return. This will help you not use the heating system as often, and thus decrease your energy bill.
However, do not be tempted to turn the heating off completely while you are not home. The house will get too cold and subsequently use even more energy to get the home back to a comfortable temperature. When the house is too cold, the heating system will remain on until it reaches the desired temperature. You may set it even higher to help the house warm more quickly. All of this will negate any money savings from turning the heating system off in the first place.
Another way to automate your heating system is to install a thermostat that has wireless technology. You can easily connect your thermostat to your smart device and control your temperature from anywhere where you have an internet connection. This is particularly useful if you plan to return home at an earlier or later time than you had planned. You can just log in to your wireless thermostat and change the temperature as you see fit.
Be Sure All Access Points are Sealed
One major area where heat can escape is through tiny gaps in your home. These areas are generally found in your access points, such as windows and doors. To find out if you have these gaps, you can take a candle and hold it near the seams in the doors and windows. If the flame moves, that means air is getting in and the seam needs to be sealed.
Sealing is quite easy. You only need some caulk or weather stripping, both of which you can quickly find at your local hardware store. The sealing will help you keep your home warmer and ultimately keep your heating costs as low as possible.
For more information on HVAC systems, consult an HVAC dealer in your area.