Your HVAC system is by far the most powerful system in your home and one that uses a great deal of energy and power. Whether cooling in the summer or heating in the winter, your HVAC system works year-round to keep your home and family comfortable. Most homeowners believe that turning your cooling or heating system off whenever possible will not only conserve energy but save you money. This could not be farther from the truth. Turning your system on and off frequently actually uses more energy and power and thereby costs more money over time.
Your Heating System and Travel
Here at South Nashville Heating and Cooling we understand that most people are constantly looking for ways to save money and conserve energy. However, we want to take this time to inform our clients that doing so by way of constantly turning your heat on and off may ultimately cost you more. When you constantly turn your system on and off or reset the thermostat frequently you are actually forcing your heating system to work harder. Each time the system has to boot up and start all over again, it requires a great deal of energy and fuel, whether electricity, gas or oil, to do so. With that said, our team of experts wants you to understand how important it is not to consistently turn your system on and off.
Rather than shutting the system down altogether, get in the habit of setting the thermostat higher. With a higher default setting, your system will only turn on when the designated temperature is reached. During a typical day when you are at home, you may want to set the default setting to 70 degrees. However, in the evening hours when everyone goes to sleep, setting the thermostat at a lower temperature is not only more efficient but practical as well. A default setting of 67 degrees is ideal when sleeping.
Further, when you are travelling this upcoming holiday season, it is important that you do not turn off your heating system. Rather than turning the system off and taking a chance on your pipes freezing, set the thermostat to a setting near to 50 degrees, well above freezing, to simply ensure that the pipes in your home do not freeze and burst. When travelling, many homeowners are of the mindset that since they are not at home there is no need to keep the heat running. However, doing so can result in damage to your home. If the temperatures were to drop near to freezing or below while you are away travelling and your system has been shut off, there is a good chance that your pipes may freeze. If this occurs, the pipes can potentially burst and cause a great deal of water damage to your home while you are away. No one wants to come home to water damage and the challenges it presents, after travelling or spending quality time away, which is why we tell all our clients to never turn the heat off when travelling or away from home for an extended period of time.
The winter months are now upon us and the holidays right around the corner. With that said, the team here at South Nashville Heating and Cooling stands ready to meet your every need. For more information about your heating system, our products or our services or to schedule a service call contact one of our team members today. Remember when travelling this holiday season, keep your system up and running and avoid unnecessary problems. The Christmas season is here and we want to send along wishes from our family to yours for a safe and happy holiday season ahead!