Ways to Keep Your Home's Heat Comfortable in the Winter
While Houston is well known for sweltering summers, the winters here can be quite bracing as well. Mission Air Conditioning wants to help you and your family keep warm, but we want to do so in a way that's comfortable for everyone and doesn't take an extreme toll on your wallet. Learn a few ways to keep your home's temperature well-balanced in the winter without freezing out your bank account or needing unnecessary heating repair.
The key to winter comfort is knowing the proper setting for your thermostat. In the winter, you want to keep your thermostat at about 68 degrees Fahrenheit while you're at home and dial it down by 10 degrees when you aren't at home. When it's time for bed, you can lower the temperature to account for the fact that you'll be warmer with blankets and more comfortable with a lower temperature.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
Another option for keeping your home comfortable in the winter is installing a programmable thermostat. What's great about such thermostats is that you don't have to manually change the settings when you're at home, when you're about to head out or when it's time for bed. Once you learn how to set a Honeywell thermostat, you can program it to change temperatures throughout the day according to your preferences, that way you don't have to worry about remembering (or forgetting) to do so yourself.
One thing to bear in mind with programmable thermostats is that you want to pay attention to where you install them. For instance, it's best that you not install them near sources of heat or cold, such as fireplaces, skylights, windows or doorways. The reason for this is the ambient heat or cold might make the thermostat think it's colder or hotter than it actually is.
Have Your Furnace Serviced
Simply tuning up your furnace or heat pump can not only keep your home more comfortable, but save you money on your heating bills as well. Older appliances aren't as efficient as newer ones, and they can take longer to heat up your home, which might make your home feel colder than it actually is. Get into the habit of having your furnace serviced before the winter season to ensure everything is in proper working order. Being proactive also goes a long way in allowing you to save up money for a new furnace if it's determined your current one is on its last legs. This is preferable to a sudden breakdown in the middle of winter and receiving the news that you need a new furnace, an expense you might not be well-prepared for.
Think Outside the Box
Servicing your furnace, knowing the proper thermostat setting and installing a programmable thermostat aren't the only ways to keep yourself and your home comfortable during the colder months of the year. A little ingenuity most certainly goes a long way in keeping your heating bills down and your satisfaction levels high.
Simply wearing extra layers of clothing while inside your home can keep you warmer. If you normally walk barefoot inside your home, consider wearing a thick pair of socks. Throwing down thick rugs on bare floors can also keep you comfortable. While you're getting your furnace serviced, be sure your filters are changed so your system operates more efficiently. During sunny days, throw open the curtains to let the sunlight help heat up your home.
Have your property professionally inspected for drafts and leaks around doors, windows and electrical outlets. If necessary, add weather stripping or insulation to take care of drafts. If it's going to be a while before you can take care of drafts in your home, consider rearranging your furniture so that no one has to sit near a drafty area.
Don't forget about your hot water heater while winterizing the rest of your home. It's best to lower the temperature to 120 degrees in the winter so that you don’t experience a loss of thermal energy, which can result in higher heating bills.
Mission Air Conditioning is always here to provide you with a solid education on getting the most out of your home's heating and cooling systems. Use these tips to make your home feel like a warm paradise in the heart of winter.