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Cut Heating Costs


July 10, 2009
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My spouse and I have five children, all grown up and moved away. There are now only two of us in this large house. What can we do to save on heating costs?

Many people simply close the registers in the rooms that are no longer occupied, but that reduces the airflow throughout the system, causing the furnace to overheat and shut off on safety.

You're still in a large home, and large homes cost more to heat. There are things you can do to keep heating costs down,and even if the house is filled with people, you should do these things:

  • Set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature. If you have to open a window because the house is too hot, your thermostat is set too high.

  • Invest in a digital, programmable thermostat that will allow you to maintain a lower temperature while you sleep, or while you're away. You can also set the thermostat to increase the space temperature just before you wake in the morning, or just before you return home in the evening.

  • Seal air leaks wherever you find them. Preventing cold air from entering the home will reduce the runtime of the heating system.

  • Keep the doors to unoccupied rooms closed. This will increase the pressure in these rooms slightly, pushing more air to the other areas in the home, reducing system runtime.

  • Weatherstrip doors and windows to keep cold air from seeping in.

  • Use blankets and cuddle up. Hey, the kids are out of the house!