Life at home is full of little mistakes. Carpets get stained, recipes get messed up, and sometimes a few pests sneak inside. It’s never the end of the world, but there are some mistakes that you might not notice at all, like a heating mistake! Unfortunately, these slip-ups can wind up costing you a wad of cash, so they’re worth avoiding if you can.
Awareness is the first step. Here are five frequent (and costly) home heating mistakes:
Mistreating Your Thermostat
During a winter chill, it’s enticing to turn the inside of your home into a tropical oasis as soon you step inside, but turning up your thermostat to warm up faster won’t do anything! Most furnaces pump out heat at a steady rate, no matter how high the temperature is set.
Allowing Windows To Leak
If left alone, drafts can consume up to 30% of your home’s energy usage. Check your windows by running your hand along their edges. If you feel cold air seeping in, it means that heat is leaking out! If locking your windows doesn’t stop the draft (locking them will pull your windows snug into their frames), seal these leaks with a line of caulk along your window’s seal.
Closing Heating Vents In Unused Rooms
It may seem like the reasonable thing to do, but blocking heat access by closing vents is actually less efficient than heating unused rooms and won’t save you any money. Plus, doing this can imbalance your home’s entire heating system, which puts pressure on your furnace and creates the “cold room” effect. Usually, it’s better to leave vents and doors open and allow your home’s HVAC system to circulate evenly.Leaving The Bathroom Exhaust Fan On
Leaving this ventilation fan on longer than usual will do precisely the opposite of what you want on a cold, snowy day: it will take all of the warm, toasty air from your home and pump it outside! Don’t avoid using exhaust fans completely, though. Running your bathroom exhaust fan after a steamy shower prevents mold and mildew growth!
Not Replacing Dirty Air Filters
Dirty air filters will reduce the airflow in your home, forcing your furnace to work harder. Plus, it creates more dust and increases indoor air pollution in your home. Check and replace your air filters regularly so your furnace can heat your home as efficiently as possible.
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Originally posted on brightnest.com