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Don’t Cut the Heat to Save Money

When it comes to your HVAC system, there are a lot of ways that you can save money. Keeping your home’s HVAC system in good condition will ensure that it will work efficiently and last for a long time, thereby helping reduce the potential costs of repairs and replacements. However, you may have noticed your heating bills rising during the winter months. One mistake that some homeowners make is to turn the heat off completely in order to save money.

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Keeping your entire home comfortable during the winter will typically see a large bump in your energy bills compared to other times of the year. There might be a temptation to compensate for the need to heat your home by turning off the heat whenever you don’t need it, for example when you go on vacation for a few days – or even during the day when the kids are at school and you are at work. You may even think that you are being prudent by turning the heat off when you step out for fifteen minutes. However, this is a huge mistake.

It’s a much better idea to simply lower the heat than to turn it off completely. Most of the time, your home will cool down so quickly do the weather outside that it will actually take more energy to heat your home back up to the temperature it was at when you return. If you step out and you want to save a little bit of money as well as energy, then lower your heat by roughly ten degrees. You can also invest in a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat allows you to set temperatures throughout the day and week. This means that you can set it to automatically lower the temperature to its most energy saving setting during your work hours and to have it return to your level of comfort right before you come home.

Part of keeping your home’s HVAC in good condition means not turning your heat on and off constantly in an attempt to save money.

Should You Reduce Your Home Temperature at Night?

There are a number of reasons why you should be keeping your home’s HVAC in good condition. Not only does a poorly kept HVAC system heat your home poorly during the winter season, it will also work much less efficiently, which means your heating bills could end up sky rocketing. If that isn’t enough for you to put the effort into maintaining your HVAC system, a poorly kept system will end up with a shorter lifespan and could require more costly repairs than normal. So what are some of the things that you can do when it comes to keeping your home’s HVAC in good condition? For one, reduce your home temperature at night.

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Your furnace is going to have to run in order to keep your home at a warm temperature during the winter. It will need to run continuously to keep your temperature above the outdoor temperature. This means that the higher the temperature is that you’ve set in your home, the longer your furnace will need to run and the harder it will need to work. This is especially true since your home is going to be losing that heat unless you’ve taken great pains to insulate your home as much as possible.

This is basically why you should lower your temperature at night. Nobody is using your home – everyone should be in bed. You can keep warm with your blankets, which means that you really don’t need the house temperature to be in the upper 60’s or lower 70’s. By lowering your temperature at night, you’ll help reduce the energy you are using. This causes less stress on your HVAC system in addition to reducing your heating bills. Yes, turning your thermostat back up does take up energy, but you’ll end up saving energy in the long run by lowering it to at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit at night.

If you are looking to keep your HVAC system in good shape, then you should lower your temperature during the night in order to save energy and to reduce your heating bills.


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