Many people want to save money and conserve energy by turning down their heat during the day while they are at work. I sometimes wonder how this really saves any money at all because, when you get home and turn the heat up, doesn’t the furnace work that much longer to get the house warm again? I always felt that keeping the heat at one temperature, usually around 21c/70f, would save more money and energy because there is no fluctuation. Am I wrong?
There is one thing that I do know for sure. Never turn the heat down too low when going away on a vacation. Some people think that they do not need heat in the house when they are not at home. Not true. If the house gets too cold in the winter, you may come home to burst plumbing pipes, and water damage. When going away, keep the house warm enough, at least 18c/65f to avoid freezing pipes. It is much more expensive to have to call a plumber, repair pipes and fix water damaged floors and walls, then it is to keep the furnace running at a moderate temperature.
Keeping the house too cold is not good for some materials in your house either, like hardwood flooring. Hardwood will shrink when it is cold, which will cause gaps. These gaps may close up again, but that is not guaranteed. Hardwood, much like people, like comfortable temperatures to look their best. Too much of anything just isn’t good for them.
So keep in mind that although you do want to conserve energy and save money, you still should keep your house at temperatures that will help to avoid damage. Your house needs you to take care of it so that it can take care of you.