Winter is almost here, which means you will be using the furnace practically every day. But did you know that you may be making mistakes with using your furnace that can end up costing you a lot of money? You must avoid these mistakes to ensure your furnace runs efficiently and doesn’t cost you any more money than needed. Here are the heating mistakes that you need to avoid.
1) Cranking Up Your Thermostat
There’s a common misconception that cranking up your thermostat can heat your home faster, just like in the cars. That is not true. In fact, cranking up your thermostat only makes your furnace work harder, which leads to higher utility bills. Plus, there’s a chance that you might turn the thermostat up and forget about it, which can be damaging to the furnace. Instead, turn it up to normal levels and let your home warm at the right pace.
2) Setting The Thermostat Too Low
Similarly, many websites ask homeowners in Toronto to set the thermostat too low to save on utility bills. While this works in principle, it doesn’t work so well in reality. When set low, your furnace will still run, but it won’t heat your home effectively. After some time, your home will be cold, and your furnace will have to work harder to warm it back up. Plus, running the furnace at a low setting can lead to burst pipes. Instead, you should make small adjustments to the thermostat setting when needed to avoid such issues.
3) Keeping The Blinds Shut
Keeping the blinds shut keeps the sunlight out. Don’t do that. Keep the blinds open during the day and let the sun warm up your home. Doing this, you won’t have to constantly run your furnace during the day, which can save you a lot of money in utility bills. Plus, it is always a great idea to give your furnace some rest during the day, so it runs smoothly during the night when it’s most needed.
4) Neglecting The Air Filter
The air filter is one of the most overlooked parts of the furnace that needs to be inspected every three months. A bad air filter makes your furnace work harder, raising your utility bills, and can even damage your furnace within a few weeks of use, which can lead to an expensive heating unit repair. Instead, always inspect and clean the furnace air filter to improve air quality and increase your furnace’s efficiency.
5) Avoiding Regular Maintenance
Many people avoid servicing their furnaces at least once a year, which can be one of the most expensive heating mistakes you can ever make. Regular maintenance ensures there are no problems with your furnace and that it is running smoothly. After all, preventive care is always better (and cheaper) than expensive heating unit repairs.
Avoid heating unit repairs by contacting LG Home Comfort to know more about how to maintain your furnace and heating unit and save thousands of dollars!