After a day like today in the Frederick, MD area, you might be wondering if you should hold off just a bit longer on turning your heat on. Maryland weather, especially in the spring and fall seasons, can swing from extreme to extreme depending on the day, so when do you know it’s time to start heating? Warner Service knows that some households like to hold off as long as possible to turn on their heat in order to save on utility bills, but at this point in the month, it is probably best for you to start using your heat for two reasons:
Reason #1, It’s Cool, But Not Too Cold
Warner Service is a big fan of planning ahead, especially when it comes to your home’s comfort. If you have still not turned on your heating system, you will at least want to turn it on to test that it works. As more and more people begin turning on their heating systems, they also discover that their heat might not be working. You definitely at least want to test your heating system to make sure that it functions and is ready to heat your home when you are (finally) ready to turn it on.
Reason #2, You Can Have Your Heat and Your Savings Too
Just because you’re turning on your heat doesn’t mean that your utility bill is going to go through the roof. By heating efficiently, the difference will be marginal and you can save up to 40% on your bill. The most effective way to heat your home and also save money is by using a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat will let you schedule your heating system so that your home will only be heated when it needs to be. For example, you are not home during the middle of the day, so why are you heating your home? Set your programmable thermostat to drop the temperature five to ten degrees while you are at work and raise the temperature again an hour before you return (that way the system has time to heat up again and your home is ready when you walk through the door). For additional savings, lower your heat while you sleep in a similar way, so that your home is still warm when you wake up.
Finally, if you need individual assistance with your HVAC setup, call Warner Service today to have a certified technician look at your home heating system. Our technicians are courteous and knowledgeable, and will help to set you on the right track towards an efficient and warm heating season!