Cutting The Cost Of Your Increasing Heating Bill
Many homeowners are looking for ways to reduce the heating costs within their homes. Below, you'll find a few ideas that will help get you started in creating an energy-efficient home.
Your Existing Heating System
How old is your existing heating system? How long has it been since the system has been professionally maintained and inspected?
As technology improves, so do the designs of home heating systems. Whether you have a whole-house furnace or individual baseboards throughout the home, there are newer and more improved systems that could help to reduce your heating costs.
If it's been some time since you've had the system looked over by a professional, now is a great time to do it. Not only will they inspect the system itself, but also make sure that all of the gas lines and exhaust systems are in good condition. With age, these components can develop leaks and put your family and home at risk.
Upon inspection, your HVAC technician may recommend repairs or upgrades. Quotes can be provided and you can take some time to think about the investment versus the savings.
Read Your Utility Bill
One of the easiest ways to know if your home heating system has become less efficient is to read your utility bill each month.
Your bill will include usage, cost, and, in most cases, the average temperature for that month. You can then compare how much you've used this month compared to last. You can also check to compare how much you've used in the same month for the previous year.
If you notice the usage increasing, there could be an issue that needs attention. Your system may need a simple repair that could reduce how much energy it's consuming when used.
Another issue that you may uncover by monitoring your usage is a leak. If there is a leak somewhere underground, you may not notice it at all, but your usage will increase far more than usual. Getting this repaired is obviously a top priority. Your HVAC technician will be able to assist with identifying leaks within the system, but you may need further assistance from your utility company when it comes to external leaks underground.
Don't wait until winter hits again this year to begin making improvements to lower the cost of heating your home.
Contact a local HVAC service, such as Haskins Heating & Cooling, to learn more.