If you are like many people, you might be looking forward to Halloween and all of the fun festivities that go along with it. What you might not realize, however, is that Halloween can actually cause your heating bill to go up for the month if you aren't careful. Luckily, following these tips can help you enjoy the fun without causing your heating bill to rise.
Avoid Opening and Closing the Door Repeatedly
It's pretty common for trick-or-treaters to ring the doorbell or knock on the door to let you know that they are there to show off their costumes and receive a treat in return. However, if you open and close your doors each time that someone rings the doorbell, you could allow a lot of heat to escape from your home. This could drive up your HVAC costs, since your heater might have to turn off and on constantly to try to keep your home at a warm temperature. Instead, donning your costume and hanging out on the front porch while passing out candy or other treats to trick-or-treaters. This can get you out of the house for a while and can allow you to enjoy the festivities and costumes as trick-or-treaters pass by, and it can prevent you from wasting precious warm air as well.
Turn the Thermostat Down When Enjoying Festivities
If you are like many people, you might actually plan on being away from home for most of the evening on Halloween. If you are going to be taking your kids trick-or-treating or going to a Halloween party and expect to be away for a few hours, consider adjusting your thermostat accordingly. You can turn your heater down just a few degrees while you're gone, and you won't have to worry about wasting a lot of resources on heating an empty home. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can even program your thermostat based off of your plans for the Halloween holiday. Getting in the habit of not heating and cooling an empty house can be a smart move that can save you a lot of money, so consider talking to your HVAC repair technician about installing a programmable thermostat -- and teaching you how to program it -- if you have not done so already. Some of these thermostats can even be programmed remotely, so you can ensure that your thermostat truly works for your life.