If you live in a region that experiences particularly cold winters, you know that keeping your home heated with a functional HVAC system is a must. Unfortunately, it's easy to get carried away on really cold days and cause problems by overheating your home. Here are a few reasons why you should always be careful with your thermostat.
A Higher Energy Bill
One of the biggest reasons to avoid turning up your HVAC system and overheating your home is your monthly energy bill. Simply put, your heating bill goes up along with your thermostat. Although you will need to turn up your heat when it gets really cold outside, turning it up too high will cause it to become a strain on your finances.
Whether it's due to the weather outside or a furnace in your home, excessive heat is bad for your health. First of all, it can lead to hyperventilation since higher temperatures make it harder to breathe. This is especially true for young children who are particularly susceptible to changes in temperature. Overheating a home will also remove the moisture from the air, which can cause other respiratory problems as well as irritated skin and eyes.
HVAC systems use up a lot of energy, which can greatly increase your carbon footprint if it's left unchecked. That in itself is bad for the environment, but furnaces can also emit harmful fumes, especially if they haven't been serviced by an HVAC professional recently. You could argue that this is something else that is largely unavoidable, but keeping your thermostat to a reasonable level is a good way to cut down on the impact that your system can have on the environment both inside and outside.
Strain on Your Heating System
Overheating your home can also put a lot of strain on your furnace. Ideally, a heating and cooling system will last for about 20 years, but not if it is constantly pushed to its limit to keep your home at a ridiculously high temperature. Eventually, the additional wear-and-tear that you are putting on your furnace will take its toll, and you will need to contact an HVAC professional for a costly replacement.
If you've been having problems keeping your own home comfortably heated, contact
an HVAC professional at Cahill Heating Air Conditioning and Electric to look over your system. We can send a qualified HVAC expert to take a look at your thermostat and your furnace to make sure that it's working safely and efficiently.