Why Is My Heating So Expensive?
When the winter weather sets in, are you afraid to look at your energy bills each month? Heating a home through cold weather can get expensive, but does it have to be this pricey?
The answer is: “Probably not.” There are several ways your home heating can become expensive, but you can prevent most of them.
With a few steps and the help of a professional heating company like Raleigh Heating & Air, you can stop those rising costs and make the monthly arrival of the heating bill less stressful.
Call our technicians today to learn how to make home heating in Raleigh, NC, more budget-friendly.
Here Are Some Tips To Get You Started
- Change the air filter: This applies to forced-air systems such as furnaces and heat pumps. The air filter protects the internal system from contamination that enters through the return vents. After a month of steady use, the filter will develop enough clogging to start choking off airflow into the system. This will make the heater strain and start draining power and can lead to repair needs. You should change the filter (or clean it if you have a permanent one) once a month. If you have a heat pump that’s been working all summer, have the filter changed or cleaned before switching to heating mode.
- Exercise smart thermostat use: A thermostat is not a throttle, where the more you push it up, the faster you get heat. A thermostat is a switch: it’s either on or off. Setting the thermostat at a high level (usually 85–90° for most heaters) won’t heat your home faster; it will only keep the heater working longer to reach the set temperature. This is a waste of money, and those high temperatures are stuffy and uncomfortable. Try maintaining a temperature in the low-to-mid 70s on most cold days, and you’ll save around 20% off heating bills. (Don’t keep the heater running all day when you’re not home.)
- Schedule regular maintenance: You should always arrange for annual maintenance for a heating system to prevent emergency repairs and prolong its service life. Maintenance will also save you money: for each year that a heating system misses its regular inspection and tune-up appointment, it will lose 5% or more of its efficiency. In only a few years, you could be paying 25% more than you should, perhaps more.
At Raleigh Heating & Air, we specialize in helping homeowners achieve superior energy efficiency. We don’t want you paying more for your heating than necessary.
Call us today to schedule regular maintenance before winter so you’ll have the best possible heating in Raleigh, NC.