Soon, the days are going to be getting longer, as well as warmer. While you may not need the heating during the day, cool nights may mean that sometimes you need to turn the furnace on. Even though you are using the heating only a fraction of the time, your energy bills can still be costly. Here are some tips to help you cut heating costs when the nights are still cool:
1. Using Alternative Heat Sources Like Wood Stoves and Fireplaces
One of the things that you can do to reduce your heating costs is use an alternative solution. If you have a fireplace or wood burning stove, use it during the cool nights to reduce your reliance on conventional heating. If you are using a fireplace, make sure that the flue is closed to prevent heat from escaping. Wood burning stoves work the best because they radiate heat and do not allow heat to escape from your home.
2. Keeping Your Home Closed Tight During Cool Nights
Keeping your home closed during the nights that are cool will also help to reduce energy consumption. Avoid leaving windows open to ensure that heat does not escape. In addition, you may want to ventilate your home during the warmest hours of the day to trap heat inside, but make sure you close all the windows when the temperatures begin to cool in the later evening hours of the day. Another improvement that you may want to consider is covering some windows with clear plastic, which will help with the greenhouse effect and keeping your home warm during the cooler days of early spring. Just remove the plastic covering in later spring when the weather gets too warm.
3. Lowering the Temperature on Thermostats and Bundling Up Tight
There may be some nights when the weather is still too cold and you must turn on the heat. When you turn on your heating for the colder nights, set the temperature on the thermostat a little lower. This will reduce the amount of energy that is used to keep your home warm. Rather than turning the heat all the way up, use blankets and keep the thermostat at a lower setting.
If you want to cut your energy costs, consider some of these tips to reduce heating needs during cool nights. Contact a boiler repair contractor to help with some of the improvements and repairs that you need to cut your heating costs.
A few years ago, I could tell that we were having serious furnace problems. In addition to dealing with a house that was constantly too cold or too warm, we were also plagued by a noisy, smelly furnace that seemed to have trouble on a daily basis. Unfortunately, I didn't know enough about furnaces at the time to spot the problems quickly. One day, the entire system died, and it was beyond repair. After having that experience, I learned a lot about HVAC systems, so that I could troubleshoot future systems. This website is all about teaching you what you need to know so that you don't end up in the same situation.