Central heating is a great way to warm the entire interior of your home from single heat source. Unfortunately it can also be extremely costly. Unlike individual heaters that you can turn on in just one single room that you happen to be in, turning on that central heating unit heats the entire house including those rooms that no one is in. And since it uses more energy to heat an entire house instead of just a single room, your heating costs can be astronomical high. However, this really doesn’t have to be the case; there are several things you can do to keep your central gas heating costs well within budget. Here are few tips that can help.
Keep Your Furnace Properly Maintained
Central heating furnaces like all heating systems needto be cleaned properly and repair when they need it. Poorly maintained furnaces use much more energy to create heat and that extra energy consumption is going to raise your heating bills. So, make sure that you have your furnace looked at cleaned at least once a year, and have any necessary small repairs done before they become large ones.
When you install a digital thermostat you can keep an eye on the temperature in your home and make sure it that it is set a reasonable temperature. Some digital thermostats allow you to turn down the heat when you are going to be away from home for a period of time and then can automatically turn up the heat, so your house is warm when you return.
If you feel chilly put on a sweater rather than turning up the heat, as higher heat not only results in larger energy bills it also will dry out your furniture and your skin.
Close off Vents to Unused Rooms
If you are not using some of the rooms in your home for a period of time, then close the heating vents to those rooms. You furnace will have to run longer and use more energy to heat your entire house rather than just two or three rooms, and closing the vents will cause the rooms you are using to become toasty warm without the furnace running more than it needs too.
Turn the Heat Way Down at Bedtime
Studies have shown that people actually rest better in cooler rooms, even if they use extra blankets on their beds. So piling on an extra blanket or two and turn the furnace down low so that you sleep better and save energy.
Keeping your furnace in top notch condition and only using heat in those rooms that you are using at any given time will greatly reduce the cost of your central heating unit, allowing you to enjoy all of the benefits of this type of heating while keeping those energy bills well within your budget.