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Are You Increasing Your Energy Bills with These 4 Heating Mistakes?

dont-make-these-heating-mistakesThere’s no hiding the fact that winter is here and temperatures necessitate the regular use of a fully functional heating system. With snow expected a few days this week, this is even more pertinent. We understand, however, how important it is for you to save money wherever you can.

You may think that using your heating system less will help impact your high energy bills. But why should you sacrifice comfort when there’s an easier way? There are a few easier ways, actually, to keep your energy bills low without sacrificing the comforting warmth that a properly operating and high efficient heating system can bring you. Keep reading to learn more, and when you need heating services in Liberty Lake, WA, simply give our team a call.

Don’t Make These Heating Mistakes

Mistake #1: Neglecting Maintenance

During your heating maintenance appointment, our professionals will fully inspect and clean your system, in addition to making recommendations for repairs. Staying on top of maintenance and repair services helps your heater run more efficiently, so that it doesn’t have to work as hard to do its job, giving your wallet a bit of a break.

Mistake #2: Ignoring Drafty Areas

There are many areas in your Liberty Lake home from which heated air may escape. It can find its way out through cracks in the windows or doors of your home, or even the ductwork of your forced-air heater. Drafty windows and doors can be simply sealed with caulking. Faulty ducts can either be repaired or professionally sealed. Remember, duct sealing should only be performed by the pros—store-bought “duct tape” is not aptly named and should not be used for a DIY-fix.

Mistake #3: Messing with the Temperature Too Much

Despite popular belief, blasting your heater at a very high temperature when you get home for the day does not help your home heat up any faster. All that does is make your heater work less efficiently to be able to do its job. Additionally, keeping the temperature too low allows your home to get too cold, so that when you do go to heat it up, it takes your heater too long to reach the desired temperature. According to DirectEnergy.com, the ideal temperature to keep your heater at is between 62-72 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mistake #4: Not Utilizing Ceiling Fans

Most homeowners are aware that in the summer time, they can utilize their ceiling fans to cool down their homes. While ceiling fans don’t actually decrease the temperature of the home, they circulate the air from an AC system enough that you could feasibly set the thermostat as much as 10 degrees higher.

What about winter, though? There is actually a switch on your ceiling fan that reverses the direction of the fan blades—use this and then run the fan while your heater is on. You’ll find that you do not have to crank your heating system up as much, resulting in a more efficient process overall.

For more great energy saving tips and to schedule professional heating services in the Liberty Lake area, contact ACI Northwest today!

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