Whenever the temperature in our home doesn’t feel “right”, the most common thing to do is to change the thermostat setting or to even manually adjust the heating. We could do this for years without even realizing that there’s a small chance that our heating system just isn’t optimized properly. In fact, it may not even be related to your heating system at all. Instead, it could be caused by external factors that you aren’t aware of.
So to help you optimize your home heating system, here are a couple of things to keep in mind.
Understand how a thermostat works
A thermostat is simple to use, but many people don’t really understand how it works. The temperature that you set on a thermostat is the target temperature that you want to aim for in your home. However, it has to sense the temperature through fresh air. If your thermostat is in a sunny part of your home or is next to a window with a draft, then it’s going to affect the temperature and your results won’t be accurate.
Moving the thermostat to a central place in the home is a good option if available. However, you can also get programmable thermostats as well. These can be programmed to turn the heating on or off at certain times of the day and this is usually the better option if there are specific times of day that you prefer having your heating and cooling systems on.
Focus on heating efficiency around the home
Far too many people assume that heating and cooling in the home are purely handled by your thermostat or heating system. In reality, there are many external factors that could affect how efficient your heating system is. For instance, if you have drafts around your windows due to poor installations, then the cold air will quickly rush into your home during the winter months which negates much of your heating.
Similarly, the effective use of blinds can help reduce the amount of sunlight that beams into your home during the summer. This extra heat could cause you to turn up the settings on your air conditioning, resulting in higher energy bills. In other words, try to think about the external factors that might affect the heating and cooling in your home. Taking care of these issues could result in much cheaper heating and cooling bills.
While these strategies can help you optimize your home heating system, it’s often a good idea to regularly maintain your heating and cooling with help from a professional. This will ensure that your systems are running correctly and that no heating or cooling efficiency is lost. This will result in lower energy bills and a more comfortable home throughout the year thanks to steady home temperatures.