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When Should I Turn on the Heat

As the leaves begin to die on your deciduous trees outside your apartment, you may feel the urge to turn on the heat in your apartment. After all, don't colored leaves mean that summer is done and the chill of winter is just around the corner?

You can save yourself vast amounts of money in energy bills by knowing just the right time to turn up the heat. One simple question can keep you up at night. When should I turn on the heat?

Don't just guess when you should turn on your heat. By the time you've finished reading this article, you'll know a few different ways to determine if you should delay turning the heat on in your apartment or if you should just crank up the thermostat.


Use the Calendar to Know When Should I Turn On the Heat


Instead of just guessing that the temperature will begin to decline both outside and inside your apartment, you should use a calendar as your main indicator that it's time to turn on your apartment heat.

Use daylight savings time as your main indicator for a shift in seasons. This will remain a hard and steadfast time for you to turn on the heat. Waiting until daylight savings time has passed means you will turn on your heat when you actually need it and not just when you feel a passing chill.

If daylight savings time feels a bit too late for your particular climate, then pre-determine a date, such as mid-September or early October. You may not want to wait until early November when the new daylight savings time occurs.


When Should I Turn on the Heat

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Wait For a Temperature

You may need to shift your thinking to the thermometer rather than the calendar as your best indicator for when to turn on your heat. 

You should turn on the heat when the indoor temperature is below 64 degrees. In Ohio, this usually happens in September. Landlords are required to provide heat. Sometimes in older buildings, the landlord controls the heat.

If the local temperature takes a turn down for a couple of cold snaps, you may end up turning the heat on earlier than you thought. However, you will prevent a catastrophe caused by a cold apartment.


Ideal Indoor Temperature

You need to determine your best apartment temperature. While some people may prefer to have a chilly apartment, to keep your energy consumption as minimal as possible, keep the temperature between 64 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. 

To keep the temperature consistent, you can purchase a programmable thermostat that will keep the temperature in this range all day, even when you're not home. You will conserve a great deal of energy by having an automated thermostat like this. Also, remember that pipes freeze below 32°F, so don't turn off your heat to save a little money while you're out of the house.


Staying Warm While You Wait

As you're waiting out a cold snap, you can keep yourself warm even without turning on your apartment heat. Here are a few basic things you can do. 

Begin by putting on more clothes. Layer up and add a cardigan or pull-over sweater to your outfit. Also, take a hot bath or shower, and then add a homemade heating pad to your nighttime routine before you go to bed. 

Use a small space heater to warm up the room that you spend the most time in. Then seal the cracks along windows and doors that could be letting cool air seep into the room. 

In the mornings, open your curtains so the warmth of the sun fills your apartment. Then in the evening, pull the curtains shut to keep drafts at bay. 

Finally, drink hot drinks like coffee, tea, and hot cocoa. 

These basic tips will help you stay warm and wait out unseasonably cool weather without having to waste the energy of your heater. 

Cold-Proofing the Apartment

Before you turn on your heater, you can do a few things that help maximize the work of your heater. First, clean or replace your air filter if you can. A high-quality filter will save you money in the long run and last an entire season. 

Then have your landlord check the furnace to ensure it's running properly. Test your thermostat as you're having your furnace maintained. This will ensure that it's reading the temperature accurately and moving your indoor temperature to the ideal feel. 

If you notice any cracks in window seals or big gaps with your door, use a draft stopper. You can detect a draft by doing a few different things: 
  1. Light an incense stick and hold it near the drafty area. If the smoke moves, you have a draft. 
  2. Try to slide a piece of paper in the crack where you think you have a draft. If it slides into the crack, you have a draft. 
  3. Use your hand to feel for the draft. 
Even a slight draft can create a cold apartment and cause your heater to work harder than it has to. So take care of drafts and enjoy your heater. 
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When Should I Turn on My Apartment Heat?

You should be able to confidently answer the question, when should I turn on the heat. You can use either your calendar or your thermometer to best answer this question. If your indoor temperature dips below 64 regularly, it's time to turn on the heat. 

In the meantime, you can keep yourself cozy by dealing with drafts, wearing more clothes, and moving around your apartment more. A stagnant body is a cold body, so warm up by staying busy. 

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