You've heard the traditional tip for saving money on your heating bill – set your thermostat colder and wear a sweater. But did you know that your thermostat may be costing you money regardless? Here are some signs you should look out for, as well as the corresponding solutions.
If you're still using an older thermostat with a slider, be prepared to spend more on your heating bill. These thermostats aren't accurate, which means you're stuck fiddling with it in order to get to a comfortable temperature. The problem? Each time your heating or cooling system has to stop and start, it uses excess energy – which takes money out of your pocket.
Solution: Upgrade to a digital thermostat. A great time to upgrade is when you're having HVAC preventative maintenance performed.
A digital thermostat is both more accurate and programmable. If you're not programming your digital thermostat, you're losing money. It's simple – don't
heat or cool your house when you're not home.
Solution: If you work a regular 9-5, program your digital thermostat so that it's not fully heating or cooling an empty house.
Just as you take your car to a mechanic, you should be ensuring HVAC preventative maintenance is occurring at your home. Your furnace and air conditioner
will slowly become less efficient over time, and if you're not having them looked at on an annual basis, you risk parts breaking – leaving you stuck
without heat and with a nasty repair bill.
Solution: Schedule preventative maintenance so you don't have to worry about an HVAC repair. Have someone come look at your furnace every fall, and your air conditioning unit every spring.