There is a lot of misinformation about there about how to stay more comfortable in the winter time in your Chicago area home. Don’t be a victim of bad information; here are three common energy myths, busted!
Myth: Turning off the heat in your house during the day is the best way to conserve energy.
Fact: This is where the phrase ‘penny-wise and pound-foolish’ comes in handy. Completely turning off the heat, letting the temperature drop and then reheating your home could actually be more expensive than lowering the temperature of your home, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA. Keep in mind that repairing burst water pipes and any resulting damage can easily cost thousands of dollars. So don’t turn your heat completely off, just turn it down when you’re not home.
As a solution, consider buying a programmable thermostat, which are great to have year round for their numerous benefits. During the winter, if you schedule your thermostat to drop to 68 degrees when you’re home and lower when you’re sleeping or at work, you can save money and energy all while better regulating your home’s temperature.
Myth: Having cold feet is just part of enduring the winter.
Fact: Cold feet may actually be a sign that your home isn’t weatherized correctly. If you feel drafts along the floor, try to weatherstrip, caulk or seal any cracks. You can also consider radiant flooring or upgrading your actual flooring. Don’t block heating vents and rugs obviously help keep the chill out of walking around during the cold season.
Myth: Your water heater always works efficiently.
Fact: Heating your water typically accounts for about 18% of your home’s energy bills. You could save $24 to $60 annually by lowering the thermostat of an electric water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, down from the manufacturer’s default setting of 140 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the EPA.
Contact us at 847.509.2024 if your heating system is acting in mysterious ways.