There’s more home advice around than can possibly be cataloged, but at this time of year, common topics center around heating and heating tips. One you may have heard is that it is better to keep your thermostat at a single temperature all the time. We hate to tell you, but this is actually not a good way to save energy or reduce costs. We’ll explain more about this below, but if you are looking for helpful tips to keep your heating costs under control this winter, just give the pros at DB Heating & Cooling, Inc., a call today!
Why Steady Isn’t Better
The reason many people think keeping your thermostat at a set temperature is the best way to go is that it reduces the amount of times your heating system has to turn on. The amount of energy your system uses at the beginning of a heating cycle is always more, but not so much more that it warrants keeping your thermostat at the same temperature all the time. The fact is, you’ll use far more energy maintaining a steady temperature around the clock than turning your thermostat lower when your home is unoccupied. This is because maintaining the temperature takes more energy, especially at night.
Another misconception around setting a single, steady temperature is that it takes a tremendous amount of energy to heat up your home from a low temperature to a higher one. As an example, let’s say you set your home’s temperature at 55 degrees when no one is home, but you like to have the temperature higher, perhaps around 63 degrees, when someone is home. The amount of energy used by your system to heat your home the 8 degrees is not any greater than the energy it expends maintaining a steady temperature. In fact, setting the lower temperature and then raising it later uses less energy than simply maintaining a single temperature around the clock.
Have more questions about making your heating in Mahwah, NJ, more efficient this winter? Call our experts today!