Does your heating bill spike when the winter season arrives? There could be more than one cause, most of which can be fixed. In this blog, HVAC and central air recharge company All Weather shares the possible reasons why your heating bill is through the roof.
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Poor Insulation — Every home has an enclosure called an energy envelope, which consists of the exterior walls, ceiling and fenestrations, such as windows, entry doors and skylights. A properly-insulated energy envelope allows minimal heat transfer, keeping indoor temperatures consistent and reducing the need for the heating system to compensate. Poor insulation, on the other hand, allows heat to escape and increases required indoor heating.
Inefficient Heating — Heating systems require energy from electricity or burning fuel to generate heat. Inefficient heating systems generate less heat, requiring more electricity or fuel. This is why, when buying a new heating system, you should seek out those that are both ENERGY STAR® certified and have a high AFUE rating (for furnaces) or SEER rating (for heat pumps). The more efficient your heating system is, the better value you get for every dollar you spend on fuel or electricity.
Lack of Maintenance — Keeping up with HVAC maintenance is important, as it keeps your HVAC system in top shape. In addition to scheduled maintenance performed by your HVAC contractor, regular inspections and replacing the air filters when needed helps reduce the strain on the system. You’re also less likely to encounter problems such as your HVAC becoming low on freon with a properly-maintained system.
Not Using Programmable Thermostats — It sounds counterintuitive, but turning your heating system off and on on a daily basis consumes more energy than keeping it running all day. This is what makes programmable thermostats a good investment. If you follow a daily routine, a programmable thermostat will adjust the temperature several degrees lower when you leave home or go to sleep, then automatically kick it back up when you get up or leave for work. Certain types of programmable thermostats feature five-weekday, two-weekend (5-2) cycles, while others offer more flexibility.
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