Your furnace will almost always make up the largest portion of your energy bill, but you might be paying more than you should to heat your home. Here are three home heating habits you should avoid to improve the energy efficiency of your furnace.
Setting the Thermostat Incorrectly
When asked about their most comfortable temperature, few people will say 80 degrees or more. Unfortunately, it is easy to get into the habit of setting your thermostat to 80 when you want to heat your home up as quickly as possible.
The mistake in this case is that setting your thermostat to a higher temperature doesn't actually warm your home faster. Instead it causes your furnace to continue running longer, even if your home has already reached a comfortable temperature. You should always set your thermostat to the target temperature that you want your home to reach.
Relying Solely on Your Furnace
Because modern furnace systems are so convenient, it is easy to get into the habit of using your furnace and nothing else to heat your home. Naturally, the less you use your furnace, the lower your energy bill will be and the longer your system will last.
When possible, you should take advantage of alternative methods to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Opening curtains or windows on warm days instead of running your furnace is one of the simplest energy-saving methods that you can use. Temporarily using a space heater, fireplace, or wood-burning stove can be more affordable when you only need to heat a single room in your home.
Blocking Vent Registers
If you have a central HVAC system, you should know that your furnace will continue to try to distribute warm air evenly throughout your home even when vent registers are closed. Blocking vent registers, either by intentionally closing them or by accidentally placing furniture over them, will reduce the efficiency of your system because your furnace continues to do the same amount of work. If your thermostat is set to the right temperature, you shouldn't find it necessary to close off any vent registers to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home.
Avoiding a few common energy-wasting habits can make heating your home much easier on both your furnace and your wallet. Talk to a company like Erickson Plumbing & Heating to learn more tips so you can keep your energy bill at a more manageable level year-round without sacrificing comfort in your home.