Energy bills for your house are highest during the peak of summer and the peak of winter. Unless you somehow find a way never to run your heating system during the winter, you will experience a rise in energy costs during the season.
But if you think your current winter heating bills are far higher than they should be, and it isn’t due to a change in energy prices or increased use, there are ways to cut down on costs. The unfortunate truth is that it’s easy to waste energy with a few bad habits or through negligence. However, getting yourself out of those habits isn’t too difficult. With some changes and assistance from a Los Lunas, NM, HVAC contractor, you can wrangle those heating bills and get them under control.
Here are four ways to start beating the high cost of heating.
ONE: Always remember heating maintenance
Maintenance is the essential task to keep your heating system from turning into a money pit. An annual inspection and tune-up from an HVAC professional prevents a 5% rise in heating costs each year. If you didn’t schedule maintenance in the fall, the recommended time to have it done, it’s not too late to have it done for this year.
TWO: Know the energy-smart settings for the thermostat
Poor judgment with thermostat settings is a quick way to pay too much for comfort. Setting the thermostat in the 80s is a huge drain on power because the house will quickly lose that heat to the outside and force the heating system to keep running to maintain the temperature—a temperature that’s too hot for comfort. The closer the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the slower the house will lose heat. We recommend a setting of 68°F during the day (plus an extra layer of clothes). Dropping the setting from 80°F to 68°F can mean a reduction of 25% on heating costs.
THREE: Check the filter monthly, change it every 1 to 3 months
The filter in your HVAC system needs to be swapped for a new filter regularly. If it’s left in place, a filter will become so clogged it will choke airflow and cut down on energy efficiency drastically. Make a monthly check on the filter; if you hold it up to the light and it blocks out the light, it’s time to put in a fresh filter. Stick to the regular schedule through the season.
FOUR: Replace old heating equipment
If you have a heating system that’s more than 15 years old, it’s probably costing you too much to run. No heater can last forever, and most have a 10 to 20-year age range, depending on the system. Gas furnaces, the most common type of heater, usually last 15 years. If you have an aged heater and your energy bills are steadily rising, it’s more cost-effective to have a new, more energy-efficient heating system replace it.
For assistance with controlling your heating bills—repairs, maintenance, replacements, thermostat upgrades—turn to our professionals.
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