What To Avoid When Heating Your House This Winter

image of heater tune-up Clinton CTHeating a home is a significant line item in a homeowner’s monthly budget. Many homeowners pay attention to ways in lowering energy bills. Unfortunately, there are many mistakes that are often made. Knowing these mistakes can help make decisions that are well-informed. Wilcox Energy, a heater tune-up specialist, shares some of the most common mistakes to avoid when it comes to winter heating.

Heating An Empty House

There is no reason why you should heat your home if there is nobody there. When you leave the house in the morning, the heating system needs to be turned down. When you get back home in the evening, the system needs to be turned on or up. The thermostat setting can be adjusted to normal levels. Since you want optimal comfort, consider installing a programmable thermostat to ensure the heater is automatically controlled based on your preferences. This will go a long way in helping you avoid the costly mistake of heating an empty space.

Neglecting Your Heating System

mistakes to avoid when heating your homeIt is easy for homeowners to forget or neglect their heating system during the hot months of the year. When the cold season arrives, some people would simply turn on their furnaces without giving it a tune-up. The end result is frequent breakdowns, emergency service repair jobs, overall poor performance,  and high energy bills. This makes neglecting your furnace one of the most costly mistakes you can make. Just before winter, be sure to give your furnace a tune-up. This ensures that it performs as expected and keeps you warm and comfortable during the cold months of the year.

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Ignoring Unusual Smells

Unusual smells, such as that of a rotten egg, are not to be ignored. The smell of a rotten egg, in particular, could be an indication of a leak in the furnace, which has serious consequences. Furthermore, the furnace could be releasing dangerous gases into your home. Therefore, the first thing you should do is get out of the house, call 911, since it’s an emergency, and schedule an emergency repair service with your heating company. Some people often make the mistake of ignoring the smell and using air freshener to mask the smell. Do not make the same mistake.

Cranking Up The Thermostat

A thermostat does not control the intensity of heat produced by the furnace, it simply turns the furnace on and off when the set point is reached. When you get back home in the evening, therefore, cranking up the thermostat will not lead to faster heating. Instead, it will delay the turning off of the furnace even after the desired temperature has been reached. This will increase your energy bills so it is a good idea to eliminate this habit.

Operating A Wood-Burning Fireplace

A wood furnace might seem like a great feature to have in your home, but any hot air from the fireplace normally escapes through the chimney. Furthermore, cold air from outside normally sneaks into the house through the chimney, which means that burning wood in the fireplace has little or no benefit as far as space heating goes.

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These mistakes are more commonly made by homeowners than you might realize. They end up costing more than you need to pay on your home heating costs. By cutting any of these mistakes out of the equation, you are ensuring that your safety isn’t being compromised. Also, eliminating these mistakes improves your heating system’s performance and its energy efficiency. Be sure to contact a reputable HVAC company to conduct an annual heating system tune-up.annual tune-up services CTA

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For more information about heating systems, be sure to contact Wilcox Energy. You can contact us at (860) 399-6218. We offer a full line of heater repair services, maintenance, and installations.