While you can’t control the cost of oil, natural gas, or electricity, there are some things that you should do—or, in this case, things that you should not do—that can help you save on your heating bills. In today’s post, your window replacement and energy consultants at California Energy Consultant Service discuss common heating mistakes that you should avoid.
1. Not Consulting an Energy Auditor First — If you’re looking into buying a new heating system because your current one seems to use up too much energy, consider the possibility that other factors may be causing your high heating bills, such as air leaks or poor insulation. An energy audit will help you identify factors that can affect how your home utilizes energy. California Energy Consultant Service provides free consultation on solutions that make energy efficiency possible for your home.
2. Cranking Up Your Thermostat — If you’re turning your heating on for the first time this year, you won’t warm your home faster if you crank up your thermostat. Just set it to your desired temperature and let it warm your home gradually.
3. Not Locking Your Windows — Windows that aren’t shut properly can allow air leaks, which will let heat escape. Your heating system would have to raise its output to compensate for the temperature difference. Make sure your windows are locked and not just pulled shut. Locked windows will also help maintain relative indoor humidity.
4. Turning off the Heating When No One’s Home — You’re not saving energy by turning off your heating when you leave the house. Heating systems consume more fuel or electricity during their startup and shutdown sequences, and it requires higher output when warm your entire home. If you need to leave the house regularly, invest in a programmable thermostat. Set the temperature to low, then program it so it gradually turns up the heat by the time you return.
California Energy Consultant Service is your leading provider of home performance and residential window replacement services. Give us a call at (916) 852-8132 or (916) 281-0548. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Rancho Cordova and Sacramento, CA.