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4 Heating Mistakes To Avoid This Winter

When was the last time you made a mistake that really cost you? Well, if you’ve turned up the heat already this season, chances are you’ve already made a costly mistake. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Homeowners across the country makes lots of errors when it comes to heating their homes and we’re here to point them out so you can avoid them at all costs!

  1. Relying On A Space Heater: are you constantly plugging in a space heater to warm up certain rooms of the house? We don’t recommend using them at all as they pose a serious fire risk. If it’s an absolute must, just know they are not a permanent solution and should be used very sparingly.

  2. Cranking Up The Thermostat: when you come home to a cold house, it’s perfectly fine to head over to the thermostat and crank up the heat, right? WRONG! It’s a common misconception that the house will heat up faster if you turn the thermostat way up - all this does is increase the amount of time your system spends running. Plus, not everyone in the family prefers to hang out in what feels like a sauna. It's important to decide on a temperature that feels comfortable for the majority.

  3. Forgetting About Your Exhaust Fans: sure, it’s perfectly acceptable to run your exhaust fan while preparing a meal in the kitchen or during a shower in the bathroom - in fact, we encourage this behavior. It is, however, vital to turn them off when you longer need them. Why? Their job is to pump air outside of your house and yes, that means the warm air inside is being removed, too.

  4. Closing Off Vents: you may have heard somewhere along the line that closing vents in unoccupied rooms will help you save on heating costs. In fact, the opposite is true. Preventing the flow of air through certain rooms can actually have an imbalance in your system which can lead to more serious problems.

Also remember to adjust the thermostat before you go to sleep each night and before you head out of the house for any extended period of time. Keep in mind that you'll want to keep the thermostat turned on, even if nobody is home, to prevent pipes from freezing up and bursting.

Our family, serving Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for 150 years, is dedicated to assisting you in finding a dependable, high-quality indoor comfort system that operates safely, can lower your monthly cost, reduce indoor air pollutants, and regulate temperature and humidity. When you need heating service this season, call on the experts at Rusk Heating & Cooling.