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Home Heating Mistakes That Rack Up Your Bills

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Heating your home is one of the most expensive categories on your monthly bill, but it doesn't always have to spike when the weather cools down.

Be sure you are not making these common mistakes.

Cranking Up The Heat

Turning up the thermostat will not save you time or money. It doesn’t heat up quicker just because you raised the temperature, it actually takes more energy.

When the temperature on the thermostat drastically differs from the forecast outdoors, it can take a lot more to heat your home.

Instead of cranking up the heat, try setting your thermostat between 67 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. According to, 68 degrees Fahrenheit is the most efficient temperature for your thermostat.

Heating Your Empty House

You do not want to heat your home when it is vacant. This also goes with using your thermostat correctly.

Do not necessarily turn off your system when you leave, but lower the thermostat, so you are not using as much energy to heat it.

If you do not have a programmable thermostat, consider investing in one! Some can even be controlled from your smart device, so you can update your home temperature on the go!

Neglecting Your System

Your system is made to keep your home comfortable, but it’s not made to last forever. Keeping it in good condition can help lengthen both its efficiency and lifespan.

Heating maintenance and tune-ups often get forgotten, but the cost of a furnace maintenance service pays for itself in the long run because it results in lower energy bills.

A properly maintained heating system can keep your home cozy for longer periods of time.

An important maintenance tip that you can do on your own is changing your filter. Filters help capture pollutants that should not be in your home such as dust, pollen, and bacteria. Learn more about air quality here.

If you ever suspect a problem with your heater, don’t get left out in the cold. Call in an expert. At Hedrick's Service Now, we have years of experience! Contact us today for more information!