5 Heating Mistakes that are Costing You Money
January 29, 2021
There are many ways to save money while keeping your home as warm as possible this winter. On the other hand, there are several instances where Mohr customers are driving their energy bills up without knowing it.
As a first-rate HVAC company in the Eastern Arkansas area, homeowners trust us to provide expert recommendations for their home living because, without a well-running HVAC system, your home misses out on comfort that ventilation, heating, cooling, decent air quality, and energy savings provide!
It’s time to do home heating right, starting with cutting back on common heating mistakes.
Everybody Makes Mistakes
It’s true. Everybody makes mistakes, but Mohr customers know exactly how to avoid them. With an understanding of how your home heating system operates, you’ll be on your way to saving money and resting comfortably in your home. The following are five heating mistakes homeowners make before they join the Mohr family:
- Letting the warm air escape
Trying to heat your home is challenging when much of the warm air you're paying for is escaping through cracks around your windows and doors. Warm air naturally flows to colder spaces, so if the outdoor air is colder than your home, that’s where your air will go.
If you keep having to turn up the heat and aren’t getting any warmer, it might have to do with the spaces around your doors and windows. You can lock windows to seal them better and use caulk to touch up worn areas. Try getting a seal for under your front and back doors. Seal those drafts and keep your money where your home is.
- Setting the thermostat too high
When we walk into a cold room, the first thing we want to do is crank up the thermostat so the room heats quickly. In reality, your spaces won’t heat up any faster than if you set the thermostat at a reasonable temperature, say 75 degrees rather than 85.
Your heating system warms rooms at the same pace no matter the temperature your thermostat is set at. Cranking up the heat will only cause the heater to run longer, wasting money on heat you don’t need.
- Keeping the thermostat at one temperature
Setting your thermostat too high keeps your system running longer. Similarly, setting it at one temperature forces it to maintain that temperature whether you’re home or not. You can save more money by lowering the temperature when you’re not home so the furnace cycles less often.
- Solely relying on your fireplace for heat
Fireplaces are a good source of heat when you’re staying in one room for a short period. Using a fireplace to heat your whole home will not work as well as you might think. Most of the heat from the fire will go up the chimney and out of the home. A wood-burning fireplace burns oxygen from the home's warm air, so next time you need to heat your living room, rely on your furnace.
- Avoiding furnace maintenance
This is the biggest mistake homeowners make. Furnace maintenance is like an exercise plan for your HVAC system. It not only keeps your furnace in good shape but also prevents serious issues from occurring, such as costly repairs.
Avoid losing your heating system altogether with preventative maintenance from the team at Mohr. If there’s ever anything we can do to help you save money and keep your home comfortable, we’ll be there.