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Now that winter has got its icy grip firmly around your household, you are probably cranking up your thermostat to keep your house at a comfortable temp. Ever consider that you may be falling into some common home heating traps that are preventing your house from staying as toasty and warm as possible? Check out these frequent mistakes made when heating your home.
Turning Up Your Thermostat Too High Too Quickly
If you’re away from your home and the temp suddenly drops outside, you may be tempted to turn up the thermostat upon your return to heat the house as quickly as you can. The problem is that thermostats aren’t like the gas pedal on your car – you can’t just speed them up in this way. You are much better off being patient or installing a smart thermostat so that you can control the heat in your home while you are out and things can be nice and toasty on your return.
Turning Your Thermostat Way Down at Night
You should also avoid turning it way down during the nighttime. Even though you may think you are saving money by reducing the heat in your home when you don’t need it so much, your heating system will end up having to work extra hard to warm your home when morning rolls around again. You are better off keeping things at a more consistent level.
Heating an Empty Home
The age of smartphone-controlled heating means that you should no longer be heating an empty home. If you don’t have a smart thermostat, a programmable one is the next best thing. You can have the temp turned down when you are not around. Another way of saving money is to update your heating system, so why not take a look at a tankless gas water heater? Ultimately, the heating of your home needs to be under your control as much as possible.
Leaving Your Curtains Closed
When the sun starts shining during the winter months, your home should be soaking in as much of that free heat as you can get. So, make sure that all your curtains are left wide open – particularly the ones on all south-facing windows. It is also worth keeping your windows clean as dirty ones won’t allow as much sunlight into your home.
Not Maintaining Your Heating System
The old saying ‘prevention is far better than the cure’ certainly applies to heating systems, so if you have not had yours checked in a while, now may be the time to do something about this. A professional can spot if anything is likely to go wrong which can save you an expensive repair job in the future.