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Heating Mistakes That Can Rack Up Your Energy Bill

Heating your home can be a huge expense, especially during winter. If you're not careful, you could spend a lot of money on energy bills due to common heating mistakes. In this blog post, A-Anderson A/C Electric & Heating Company will discuss some of the most common mistakes people make when heating their homes. We'll also provide tips on how to avoid these mistakes and keep your energy costs down!

Cranking the Thermostat

One of the most significant heating mistakes people make is cranking up the thermostat. While it may seem like a good idea, setting your thermostat too high can end up costing you more money in the long run. It’s best to set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature and let it stay there throughout the day.

Closing the Vents in Unused Rooms

Another mistake many people make is closing vents in unused rooms or areas of the house. This might temporarily reduce heating costs, but it will also cause an imbalance of airflow throughout your home, resulting in higher bills overall. To avoid this issue, keep all vents open and look into smart thermostats that automatically adjust settings based on occupancy and usage.

Relying on Space Heaters

Relying on space heaters is a common mistake that can also raise your energy bill. These devices use a lot of electricity, so they should only be used to supplement your home’s heating system and not as the main source of warmth. If you use a space heater in addition to your heating system, ensure you use it carefully and correctly. Never leave your space heater unattended, and keep it away from flammable objects such as carpets.

Turning the Heat Off Every Time You Leave the House

It’s understandable why you wouldn’t want to heat an empty home, but if you turn the heat off every time you leave, your heating system will have to work twice as hard to heat your home when you return. Instead of turning your system completely off, lower the thermostat by a few degrees if you’re going to be gone for an extended period of time.

Ignoring Drafts

Drafts in your home can be a huge waste of energy and cause higher utility bills. Check for air leaks around windows, doors, and any other openings in your home. Use weatherstripping or caulking to seal off places where cold air could enter the house.

Forgetting to Replace the Air Filter

Your air filter should be replaced every few months to keep it clean and free of debris. Dirty filters make it harder for the furnace to distribute heat throughout your home, resulting in higher energy bills.

Neglecting Seasonal Maintenance

Finally, neglecting regular maintenance for your heating system is another mistake that can lead to higher energy bills. It's essential to have an HVAC technician come in at least once a year to check all components of the system and make repairs if needed. Without proper maintenance, your system won't run efficiently, and you may have to pay more for energy costs.

By avoiding these common heating mistakes, you can keep your home warm without breaking the bank this winter.

If your heating system doesn’t seem to be doing its job or you’re due for maintenance, don’t hesitate to contact us at (972) 833-8832 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your appointment.