With temperatures outside dropping, many homes will start to see their heating bills increase. Have you been asking yourself, “Why is my heating bill rising and what can I do about it” lately? To decrease your heating bill, first, you need to know what is causing it to increase! Learn what factors can cause your heating bill to be so high and what you can do to lower it while still keeping your home warm.
Multiple Laundry Loads
Whether it’s extra clothes or multiple blankets, all of these items are going to need to be washed at some point. This will result in having to do more laundry, and constantly running the dryer will also increase your energy or heating bill.
When was the last time you had a tune-up? The fact that your furnace isn’t functioning as it should is another reason your heating bill could be high. If the heating system is outdated or hasn’t been serviced in a while, it could be struggling to hit optimal performance.
The Changing of the Seasons
As it gets colder outside, we want to be warmer inside our homes. This causes people to set their thermostats higher than normal to crank up the heat. Depending on the temperature change between your home and the outside world, your furnace could be working overtime to maintain the heat that keeps you comfortable.
So What Can You Do?
So what can you do to bring your heating bill down? Max C Smith Company has put together a few steps you can do to reduce the amount of energy you are using in your home.
Put on Additional Layers
Keeping your home at a lower temperature and staying warm with layers can help you stay comfortable while also keeping your heating bill down. With the thermostat lowered, the extra laundry won’t adversely affect your energy or heating bill. Wear thick socks, layer shirts, and sweaters, or cuddle up under some blankets so that you can stay warm without spending extra money.
Adjust Your Thermostat to a Lower Temperature
Yes, you did read that right. We did say change your thermostat to lower temperature. While this may seem like it’s not the right answer when you want to stay warm, you likely won’t feel it if you drop the temperature a few degrees. Lowering it down just a few degrees could save about 5% to 10% on your heating costs.
Get Your Furnace Serviced
To prevent your furnace from overworking, you’ll want to get it checked to ensure that everything is working properly. It is recommended that furnaces are serviced at least once a year, especially before the colder months set in. Our HVAC specialist can check all aspects of the furnace and perform a precision tune-up to get your system functioning correctly. Contact us today to see how we can help you!
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