Many homeowners have difficulty keeping their home warm without incurring large heating bills during the winter months. One of the biggest problems is that they don’t use their thermostats properly. You will need to be aware of these mistakes and avoid making them if possible.
Buying the Wrong Thermostat for Your House
There are different types of heating systems, so you will need to buy a thermostat that is configured to the one in your home. Find out if your home uses a heat pump or a furnace before choosing a thermostat for it. Speak to the contractor for guidance before purchasing a thermostat to make sure you find the right one.
Paying Less for a System With Little Flexibility
The cheapest thermostats on the market aren’t usually programmable. They aren’t ideal for people that are going to be away from home for extended periods of time or have irregular schedules. You will end up overpaying on heat if you have a thermostat that doesn’t give you this flexibility, so it is more cost-effective to invest in a programmable one upfront.
Trying to Heat Too Quickly
Many people come home to a frigid house and want to immediately warm it up. They may crank it up 15 degrees over the desired temperature so it heats more quickly and then turn it down later. The problem is that heating a house very quickly is much less efficient. It is better to set it to the right temperature and wait. It won’t take long and you can always put on a few extra layers while heating commences.
Forgetting to Consider Zoning Differences
Some homes are separated into different zones, which means that you can install a different thermostat into different sections. Your heating system will run a lot more efficiently if you understand your zoning system and use different thermostats. Make sure to consider how often different parts of the house will be used so that you don’t heat them unnecessarily.
Turning the Thermostat Down Too High for a Few Hours
Many people try to save money by turning their thermostat down as far as possible while they are away. They may also turn it down a lot while going to sleep at night. Unfortunately, this is often less efficient over the long run, because it takes so much energy to heat the house up again later. It is best to reduce the temperature by a few degrees during these times.