What’s Up with These High Heating Costs?
Winters are milder here than they are in areas like the northeast, and your heater definitely does not see quite as much action around here as it would in such a climate. Does that mean that you don’t need to keep your heater in the best working condition possible? No, of course not. Not only do you want your heater to function as effectively and reliably as it can, but you want it to function at peak efficiency levels, too.
Relatively mild winters shouldn’t dupe you into accepting heating costs that are higher than they should be. Sure, everything is relative, but you deserve peak efficiency—and we’re here to help you get it. When you schedule your HVAC services in Durham, NC, with the trained professionals on our team, you’re working with qualified pros with your best interests in mind. So, if you’ve noticed that your heating costs have crept up when compared to winters previous, today’s post is for you!
Well, My Heater Is Just Getting Older, Right?
Maybe. But most likely, there is another issue that is at least exacerbating the effects of age in regards to heating efficiency. Sure, if your heater is nearing the end of its projected lifespan, then it is fully possible that this alone is enough to drag down heating efficiency. But ask yourself the following questions.
- When did you last schedule routine heating maintenance? It should be happening each and every year. This keeps the risk of operational problems with your home heating system at bay, but remember too that it keeps your heater working as close to peak efficiency levels as possible for as long as possible. Simply put, it’s a minor investment that will yield serious dividends in energy savings year after year.
- Have you changed your air filter recently? Typically, this will need to be done every 1-3 months. A very dirty air filter can have serious implications for your overall energy efficiency. The increased airflow resistance created by that dirty air filter is going to make it harder for the heater to do its job, and that is going to result in the heater using more energy and costing more to run. Filters are cheap and easy to replace!
- What kind of condition are your air ducts in? If you use a forced air heating system, you can check in on your air filter. You cannot really visually inspect your air ducts, though. While there is no set schedule that you should be following when it comes to duct testing, this service can surface issues with leaky ductwork. We offer professional duct sealing that will patch up your ducts effectively to ensure that you’re not wasting energy through leaks.
Don’t Put Up with High Heating Costs Any Longer
We understand that you may be tempted to suck it up and pay a little more when heating your home. But keep in mind that, in addition to the problems listed above, your heater may also be in need of repairs if it is costing too much to heat your home. One of the most common signs of many heater issues is an increase in operating costs. Protect your system and your budget by having us look into the situation.