Every year, I wait as long as possible before starting up the furnace.
I dread that moment when I’m forced to raise the thermostat setting and the heater kicks on. I know that I’ll be running the furnace and paying excessive energy bills for the next eight months. I’ve made every effort to reduce energy waste and expenses. Every window in the house has been replaced and carefully caulked around. All of the exterior doors are brand new, Energy Star rated and have been weatherstripped. I’ve added insulation, ceiling fans and a smart thermostat. I am very conscientious about replacing the air filter every month. I schedule professional upkeep for the furnace in the fall to ensure peak efficiency and dependability. It doesn’t seem to matter. I still cringe every time I open the gas bill. Because of this, I’m reluctant to turn to the furnace earlier than necessary. In my local area, the nights already start feeling chilly by the end of August. In September, my kids begin complaining about how cold the house feels. I tell them to dress warmer. They can put on sweatshirts and warm socks. They can wrap in blankets when they watch television. I hope to hold off until at least mid October but it’s not always possible. Sometimes the temperature drops below freezing and we get snow. When it starts snowing, there’s no choice but to use the furnace. There’s the concern over water pipes freezing. My kids celebrate when the furnace kicks on. I’m still cautious about the thermostat setting and don’t allow anyone to touch it but me.