What You Should Know About Heating Your Home in the Winter

It seems as if everyone has heard myths about home heating in the winter and what causes heating issues and what might fix them. There are some myths that people might believe in, such as setting the thermostat at a higher temperature so the home might heat faster. This is not the case, and you actually end up wasting heat that is produced. Make sure that your furnace system is inspected on a regular basis so that parts and components can be examined for an issue.

Setting the Thermostat Correctly for your Heating needs

Cranking the temperature on the thermostat does not speed up the heating of your home. It will only make the furnace run longer and may cost you more in monthly energy bills. Make sure to set the thermostat at the temperature that makes sense for you and your family. If it seems like a hassle to deal with manually changing a thermostat, consider investing in a programmable thermostat. This will help you to save money in the long run. The thermostat can be set for different hours of the day, and different days of the week depending which option you choose to install. If you are not sure what type of programmable thermostat would be right for your home, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on the options and recommend which thermostat would be right for your home.

Turn down the Temperature when you are Away

Research shows that the longer a house stays at a reduced temp, the more energy and money is saved. Setting your temperature back ten or more degrees for eight hours while you are away at work and school, or asleep, can reduce your energy bill by up to fifteen percent. A programmable thermostat can adjust and manage the temps for you automatically after you set it. You will also be able to change it manually, in case your day is different than what it is programmed for.

Wood-burning Fireplaces for your Home

Wood-burning fireplaces require air for the logs to burn, and the air it uses is the air that your furnace is working hard to heat. So you are actually sending heated air up and out through the chimney when you light that fire. Wood burning fireplaces could end up resulting in more warm air being produced in the long run.

Gas Fireplaces are an Option

If you have a professionally installed, modern gas fireplace completely sealed with air taken from the outside, you are probably close to an efficient heat source. Many gas fireplaces are older versions or fireplaces that were converted from wood-burning to natural gas, so they have a lot of air leaks and are actually energy wasters not energy savers. Know the facts about home heating and contact us if you are concerned your furnace is not operating efficiently. If you have a furnace that is over twenty years old, there is a good chance you can recoup your costs with a higher efficiency furnace.