Cooler weather is slowly moving into Southport, NC which means the heating season is upon us. After months of air conditioning running 24/7 many homeowners are looking for ways to give their HVAC systems a break. Did you know you can save a lot of money on heating your home by adjusting the settings on your thermostat? If you take time to get familiar with your thermostat learning about its various functions you can make your house more energy-efficient and cut down on the electric bill in the process.
Energy Efficient Heating in Southport NC
If you lower the temperature in your house by 7 to 10 degrees below the usual setting, for 8 hours a day, you can save 10% a year on your energy costs. It is especially beneficial in the areas where winters are mild such as Southport, North Carolina. You will certainly save money on your heating bill if you set your thermostat at 68 degrees when you’re at home during the day and set it at the lower temperature when you go to work or when you’re asleep.
If 68 degrees sounds a little bit too chilly for you and your family there are several ways to keep warm without cranking up the heat. Invest in wool socks, pants or slippers and dress in layers. Drinking warm beverages such as tea, coffee or hot chocolate is also a pleasant way to warm up. While you’re in the kitchen cook up some soups, stews or bake some cookies and make sure you leave the oven door open after the cookies are done. Saving energy in your house requires a little bit of effort but it will definitely pay off in the long run.
Constantly adjusting temperature on your thermostat may be a mundane task and one more thing to think about when you’re in a hurry to leave your house. A great solution is to invest in a programmable thermostat which automatically adjusts the temperature in the house according to your preferences. If you choose to lower the temperature in the house during the night, between 10 pm and 6 am, the programmable thermostat will return temperature to normal before you get out of the bed to eliminate any discomfort. Also, consider lower temperature setting if there is a period of at least four hours during the day when there is no one in your house. The programmable thermostat will start heating up the house before you get back from work.
Some of the furnace owners may argue that adjusting the temperature to save energy doesn’t work for furnaces because they need to work much harder to get the temperature back to a normal level. Our Southport heating specialists will tell you that it is simply not true. When the temperature in your house drops below its normal level it slows down the loss of energy which means the heat loss process slows down as well. If you keep your house below the normal temperature setting for long periods of time you actually save more energy (and money!) because higher temperature means faster energy loss.
Heating Your Southport Home With a Heat Pump
Most Southport homeowners don’t own furnaces and rely on heat pumps to keep them comfortable all year long. Heat pumps are very energy efficient especially here in the South. However, when it comes to heating an owner needs to understand how a heat pump works or it may become inefficient. A programmable thermostat is not recommended for heat pumps especially during the winter months, unless it is specifically designed to work with heat pumps and it has been installed by a professional.
A heat pump heats the house by pulling the warmth from the outside and pumping it inside through air ducts. Heat pumps also have a backup heating system which relies on auxiliary heat. This backup heating system kicks in if it’s very cold outside and the heat pump can’t keep up to achieve the desired temperature inside. Auxiliary heat is also quite expensive to operate because it uses a lot of energy. If you use a regular programmable thermostat and you set the temperature at night to be 65 degrees and to be 70 at 6 am in the morning the heat pump will kick in full blast at 6 am. What it means is in order to raise the temperature inside by 5 degrees the heat pump will need help from auxiliary heating system.
That is why our Southport heating professionals at A+ Heating and Cooling recommend you don’t raise temperature by more than 2 degrees at the time to warm up the house. The button on the thermostat is not a gas pedal so if you’re cold and want 72 degrees don’t crank it up to 80. To save money on your electric bill set the temperature at lowest most comfortable setting and keep it that way day and night.
However, if you’re thinking about installing a heat pump specific programmable thermostat consider contacting your local HVAC professional. A programmable thermostat not only needs to be designed to work with heat pumps but it has to be compatible with your system.
Call A+ Heating, Cooling & Electrical in Southport NC today at 910-363-0440, or contact us now and someone will contact you as quickly as possible to answer any questions you may have about energy efficient heating.