We may live in the south, but it still gets cold. You want to make sure you are getting the best heating comfort from your furnace without spending more in electricity than is necessary. Here are a few practical tips to manage your home heating to stay comfy and save a few dollars through the cool season.
Manage Your Furnace Thermostat
The first and most obvious step to getting control of your heating bill and staying warm is to run the thermostat like its master. The old set it to one temperature and forget it just doesn’t work well.
Temperature setback – Turning your thermostat down by 7-10 degrees below your normal level for 6-11 hours per day can go a long way to saving money. For winter, set the ideal temp to 68°F during the day or whenever you are awake and home, but turn it down as soon as you are settling down to bed and perhaps while you are away at work. Keeping the temp down longer saves more. You can use two time periods for each temp each day, depending on your schedule and desired warmth level.
Smart thermostat – If it seems daunting to keep adjusting your home temps, you need a smart thermostat. You can program these digital devices ahead and leave them to do the work for you. Many smart devices can be controlled from your smartphone, even while you are away. Set it to automatically raise the temps an hour before you wake and again before you come home, and set it to lower when you go to work and go to bed.
Control the Temperature Outside the Thermostat
You can help your furnace be more efficient without spending another dime.
Sunshine – Especially helpful for southern and western exposures, opening the blinds and drapes in the morning can significantly add to your home’s warmth.
It’s a wrap! – Using clinging plastic film to wrap your windows and unused doors can seal in significant heat.
The pros at ClimateSmith in Alpharetta can help you purchase and install the right smart thermostat for your home that works well with your existing furnace. We can also make sure your furnace is ready for the changing seasons, assuring you a wonderful, comfortable and cost-effective winter season. Call us or go online today for more information.