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Don't Cut the Heat to Save Money

Don’t Cut the Heat to Save Money

January 26, 2015

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.

Don't Cut the Heat 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.