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Housewarming Tips For The Winter Months

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

In Houston, we are used to having really hot summers. But our winters can get pretty frosty at times too. Most of us don’t really know how to properly maintain a comfortable temperature in our homes.

6 Mistakes to Avoid While Heating Your House This Winter

Six mistakes homeowners commonly make when heating their homes can possibly help you avoid these pitfalls in the coming months, to not work your thermostats overtime or possibly incur high heating costs:

  1. Turning Up a Thermostat Too High to Quickly Heat a Cold House

When coming home to a cold house, it might be tempting to turn the heater up into the 80s to try to heat it faster. But thermostats don’t work like an accelerator on a car, turning the heat up to blistering levels won’t warm your home faster. Allow the time that’s needed to build up to comfort, it may save you money.

  1. Turning the Thermostat Way Down at Night

It’s best to avoid extremes with your thermostat. If you let the temperature in your house fall dramatically overnight, it’s going to require a lot of work from your heating system to warm the home in the morning. That could really cost you more than you want to pay.

  1. Overworking a Thermostat That Has Its Limits

If you want the house to be 70 degrees and your thermostat is only reaching 66 degrees, turning the thermostat up to 74 degrees in an attempt to make up the difference could be a huge mistake. The furnace could be forced to work beyond its capability. Instead, find out what’s causing the problem and fix it. Heat could be escaping somewhere in your home, or you may need to replace a faulty furnace.

  1. Heating an Empty House

In this day and age of modern day technology, controlling everything from a phone app, one of the easiest ways to save money is to install a system that can be adjusted remotely. Heating an empty home is one of the easiest ways to waste money, so a programmable thermostat can save hundreds of dollars every year. Giving your thermostat a break every day – but don’t overdo it.

  1. Leaving Curtains Closed on Sunny Days

While your home is vacant, open the curtains to allow as much heating sunlight into your dwelling as possible.  Solar warmth can go a long way not only in heating a house, but also in helping to give the furnace a break during the warmest hours of the day.

BONUS TIP: Keep all windows clean.  Dusty, dirty windows don’t allow as much sunlight into your home, which could cost you valuable heating power.

  1. Not Locking Your Windows

In the summer, it’s common for homeowners to have a constant tango between opening the windows and keeping them closed to let the air conditioner do the hard work of keeping a home cool. Before the cold season, take the time to ensure all windows are locked and sealed to keep warm air from escaping.

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