By September the average lows in Deerfield, Illinois, hit 55 degrees, indicating that it’s probably time to start thinking about your heating system. Though you can delay turning on the heat with a few smart strategies, you’ll still need to know what time is best and how to handle the transition.

After Scheduled Maintenance

You should schedule maintenance in the early fall before you turn on your heating system for the first time. During this visit, a service technician will inspect the unit carefully, tighten electrical connections, lubricate moving parts and clean essential components. Regularly scheduled maintenance will lower your energy expenses and help the system operate as efficiently as possible.

When Temperatures Drop Too Low

The U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting the thermostat to 68 degrees in winter when you’re awake. When you’re sleeping or away from home, you can set the thermostat back another 7 to 10 degrees. You can save as much as 10 percent on your energy expenses by setting the thermostat back for eight-hour periods.

If Natural Heating Methods Fail

You can keep the heat off in your home for a little longer by taking steps to warm things up naturally. Hang heavy curtains around your windows to keep heat from escaping at night. But open them during the day to let in direct sunlight. Seal windows and doors to keep heat in. Use your fireplace if you have one. If these methods fail to keep your daytime temperatures higher than 68 degrees, it’s time to turn on the heat.

Are you hoping to schedule a maintenance visit for your heating system before the winter arrives? Contact Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning today at 847-562-5292. Our service technicians will make sure your system is in top shape, so you can stay comfortable while keeping your utility bills low.

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