Home heating costs can make up a significant portion of your monthly utility bills. There are several strategies that you can employ to help minimize the amount you spend heating your home, including leaving the heat on all day or opting for routine thermostat adjustments. We’ll look into whether it’s more cost effective to leave the heat on all day and discuss pros and cons of both options so that you can determine what’s best for your own situation.
Winter is here and heating up your home can be costly. Many heating and air systems tend to get a good workout come wintertime, causing bills to pile up faster than expected. Fortunately, proper care of these heating and air systems can help control those costs. However, you will clearly be using more of your heating during the winter months, so many people see their bills increase during these cold months.
Should You Keep Your Heating and Air Systems on All Day?
There are many debates on whether or not turning your heating off while you are not at home will reduce your heating costs and monthly bills. Some argue that since the heating and air system isn’t constantly running, your bills will be lower; since it’s not running, it won’t cost anything.
However, others argue that leaving your heat off and turning it back on at the end of the day uses more energy, since the heating and air system must work harder to warm up a cold home. So if you are looking to reduce your heating bills, which method is best?
Keeping Your Heating on All Day
If you choose to keep your heating and air systems on all day long, it will expectedly keep your home warm, but also burn more fuel to keep it warm. If you’re not as worried about the cost of your heating and are more concerned about keeping your home warm, then leaving your heat on all day will keep your home nice and toasty, but remember, that heat does come at a cost.
Turning Your Heat off During the Day
If you turn your heating off during the day, it will use less energy to heat your home, since it is not running, and therefore reduce the cost of your heating bill. Your heating system will not use any extra energy when you turn it on for the day and will only use energy when it is running. While this might reduce your heating bills over time, it comes at the cost of dealing with a cold home until you turn the heat on.
The Best Method to Reduce Heating Costs
Reducing heating bills during the winter doesn’t have to be an impossible feat. There are various methods one can use to lower heating and air costs. One way is to invest in a programmable thermostat, which enables you to pre-set heating times, allowing you to minimize heating expenses while still keeping your home comfortable. Keeping the temperature down a few degrees while you’re away or at night can also make a big difference on your heating bill, as well as ensuring your heating system is clean and well maintained.
You may even want to consider installing insulation or repairing any existing gaps in walls or windows that allow heat to escape. While lowering heating bills during winter may require some effort and upfront cost, the results will likely pay off in long term savings.
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