There’s nothing more frustrating than checking the mail, opening your utility bill, and finding out that your heating bill went through the roof last month. Here in Louisiana, we don’t have particularly cold winters, which makes high heating bills even more aggravating. If you have been looking at rising heating costs, read this article. We’ll review some of the reasons for escalating costs and what you can do to lower your heating (and cooling!) bills.
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High heating bills taking a bite out of your budget this winter?
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Here are the 3 common reasons that your heating bills are on the rise
1. Home Inefficiency
One of the main causes of high heating bills is an inefficient home. Many U.S. homes were not originally constructed with efficiency in mind. Unless you, the homeowner, take action to make upgrades, there may be insufficient attic insulation, drafts around doors and doors, and leaky air ducts.
2. System Inefficiency
Another potential issue is that the heater itself might be operating inefficiently. If you have been putting off an annual heating tune-up for your furnace or heat pump, the system might not be using gas or electricity as efficiently as it should be.
3. Thermostat Settings
Of course, if you have been leaving your home at a higher temperature this winter, that would also cause your bills to rise. One way to address this is by replacing your older dial thermostat with a new programmable thermostat. Also known as “smart thermostats,” these programmable thermostats allow you to automate temperature changes in your home depending when you’re at home or away.
What can you do about high heating bills?
Schedule a heating tune-up
Your furnace or heat pump requires annual maintenance to keep it running right. Without a professional tune-up, your heater will operate less efficiently, heat your home less effectively, and be at far greater risk for a winter breakdown. The best time to schedule a heating tune-up is in the fall before you turn on your system for the season. However, if you’ve been dealing with higher-than-expected utility bills, it might not be a bad idea to have one of our technicians out to look at your system.
The upfront cost of a tune-up is almost always worth the investment. In fact, a heating tune-up can lower your monthly bills by up to 30% during the winter months. Over the course of the year, that amounts to huge savings for you and your home.
Improve the energy-efficiency of your home
In addition to scheduling a tune-up, you might want to evaluate the efficiency of your home. Many homes with high cooling and heating bills have fundamental issues that—once addressed—will greatly reduce the homeowner’s utility bills. For example, leaky air ducts, insufficient attic insulation, or drafty doors and windows all allow heated and cooled air to escape, resulting in significant energy waste.
The great thing about energy upgrade projects is that they don’t necessarily have to be a major investment. You can start small by adding weatherstripping and caulking around drafty windows and doors. Then, install a smart thermostat to start regulating and automating how much heating gets used in your home. When you’re ready to go even further, you can invest in dual-pane windows.
Upgrade to a new heating system
As a heating system ages, it generally becomes less energy-efficient—both compared to when it was first installed and compared to the new furnaces and heat pumps available today. At some point, your Ace Air technician may advise you that it makes more sense to upgrade to a new system instead of paying to repair an older one. You can add lower utility bills onto your future savings when you make the switch to a new Carrier heating system.
Call our team for all your heating needs this winter
If you’ve been dealing with high energy bills and heating performance issues, call your locally trusted HVAC pros at Ace Air Conditioning. Our team is here to help the homeowners of Lake Charles, Sulphur, and Moss Bluff with their heating and cooling needs. Our techs are ready to help you find ways to save money and live more comfortably.