There is no question that there is benefit from all the seasons, depending on where you live and what you like to do. The cold, for instance, provides a virtual playground if you are so inclined to wander outdoors and bundle up. The best part, however, is being able to retreat into the toasty comfort of your home to warm up and relax and unwind.
Did you know that heating your home has a lot more involved than just turning up the thermostat. There are ideal temperature settings as well as simple steps to take to make your home heating more efficient. Here are our best heating tips.
Ideally, you should set your thermostat to 68°F during the fall months. At night, you can drop it to 68°F.
Even if you find this a little chilly, you are better off to put on a sweater or throw an extra blanket on your bed than to crank the thermostat up.
Although it may seem like the best way to get your home to be warmer is to turn the thermostat up quite high, but that causes your furnace to work inefficiently.
There are all different kinds of thermostats. What provides the best heating? That depends. A manual thermostat is one of the most common kinds.
Essentially, you need to set it by hand and it needs to be turned on or off by hand as well (much like you would with a light switch). Also, you need to switch a manual thermostat from heating to cooling by hand.
Smart thermostats are more energy efficient because you can program them to go down and up, depending on when you are home. For example, you can program the heat to rise just before you get home from work and go back down again just before bed. This helps to save energy.
Speaking of energy, if you don’t try to proactively manage your heating, you could be wasting a lot of energy, hiking up your electric bills.
In the upcoming months, one of the best tricks is to put film on your windows or to hang drapes on your windows. This will keep the warm air from escaping outside, making sure that your furnace doesn’t have to work twice as hard.