The Ultimate Efficient Home Heating and Cooling Quiz
by Staff
There are things you can do to reduce heating or air-conditioning costs, but a lot of them cost some money. However, there are several easy steps that you can take that cost little or nothing, but still save you money. Take our quiz to learn some useful ways to increase your home's heating and cooling efficiency.

Exactly what is a home heating thermostat?

  • A home heating thermostat is a sensitive control instrument that responds to small temperature changes.
  • A home heating thermostat is a sensitive safety device that prevents your furnace from dangerous overheating.
  • A home heating thermostat is a piezoelectric device that creates a spark to ignite fuel in your furnace.

What is one thing you can do to insure that your thermostat is doing its job properly?

  • Make sure your thermostat is located away from a draft and not too close to heating or cooling registers.
  • Remove the thermostat temporally to ensure there is no hole in the wall where the wires enter.
  • Both of the above are steps you can take to ensure thermostat accuracy.

What can you do to save heating fuel or electricity when you are going to be away for a few days?

  • Turn your heating or air conditioning system off.
  • Only turn your heating system down to about 55 degrees Fahrenheit to protect pipes from freezing.
  • Turn your heating system down to its minimum setting and in summer turn your air-conditioning system off.

What is a good way to save money on heating or cooling costs without inconveniencing your lifestyle?

  • Install a programmable EnergyStar thermostat to adjust temperature settings automatically while sleeping or at work.
  • Run your heating a couple of degrees lower and supplement with space heaters in rooms you occupy the most.
  • Reduce your heat setting by two degrees or raise your cooling setting by two degrees.

What do you need to do when you are removing wires to replace an old thermostat?

  • Make sure that no wires slip into the opening in the wall.
  • Tag each wire with the terminal number as you remove it.
  • Both of the above answers are correct.

What is another nifty way to save a few dollars on heating costs?

  • Measure temperatures in each room and close vents a bit in rooms that are warmer than the thermostat setting.
  • Reduce your heating setting by a couple of degrees when you are entertaining a large group of people.
  • Turn of the heating vent in your kitchen as cooking will keep this area comfortable.

What can you do to save heating dollars in your living or family room equipped with a fireplace?

  • Close off the fireplace damper except when you have a fire burning, an open damper will allow warm air to escape.
  • Try to have a fire burning in the fireplace for a few hours every night to save a lot on energy costs.
  • Both of the above are correct.

How often should you have a professional tune-up and check over your heating and cooling systems?

  • once every 3 months.
  • once every 6 months.
  • once a year.

What can you do to comfortably reduce your home temperature and still feel comfortable?

  • You should maintain proper humidity in your home.
  • Reduce sources of drafts in your home, because a draft can make you feel cold even when your home is warm.
  • Both of the suggestions will help you stay warm even if your thermostat is set a bit lower.

Is lowering the thermostat from 73 degrees to 70 degrees really going to save much money in exchange for a possible comfort sacrifice?

  • by about 7 percent
  • by about 5 percent
  • by about 3 percent