Staying warm can be expensive during the winter months, and there’s nothing fun about having to pay a pricey heating bill. It can be annoying having to bundle up with two pairs of socks, jackets, and extra layers of clothing to stay warm in your own home to save money.
There are many reasons as to why your heating bill becomes so high, and once you recognize what they are, you can reduce that costly bill! Let’s jump into the five causes that bump up your heating bill.
1. Poor Insulation
The temperature has cooled down, and it is time to crank up that heater. However, sometimes even with the heater on, that pesky cold air somehow seems to sneak in. The first major cause of an expensive heating bill is your home having poor insulation. Sometimes it can be hard to know if your insulation is working correctly. An easy way to check if you have poor insulation is by merely touching your walls, floors, and ceilings. If these areas are cold, it could be a result of ineffective insulation. Another sign that you need to update your insulation is uneven temperatures throughout your home. So if your heating bill is high, you can lower it by checking and seeing if your household consists of the above problems.
2. Running Your Heater Too High
Your second cause of a costly heating bill is running your heater at too high of a temperature. For many, when you’re cold, you want to turn the temperature all the way up. When this happens, it causes the bill to become expensive. Not only do you run it at a high temperature, but it is easy to forget to turn it down once it has been turned on for an extended amount of time. According to Direct Energy, setting your temperature between 68 and 72 degrees can help you save money while keeping your house warm.
3. Not Using a Programmable Thermostat
One of the best, proactive responses to combating a high heating bill is installing a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats are designed to adjust the temperature at different times throughout the day. The owner programmes these at times that he or she will be away from the house, or they can be programmed to save even more money. The Department of Energy estimates savings of about 1% for each degree of thermostat adjustment per 8 hours. Installing a programmable thermostat can help you save money in the long run!
4. Letting Heat Escape from the House
The fourth cause to your high bill is by letting heat escape from your house by keeping doors or windows open for too long. Similar to when you are in a car, having a window open allows for the air in the house to escape. When this happens, it makes the house colder which in turn triggers the need to keep the heat running, or to turn the heat up higher. It is important to remember to shut the windows or doors after it has been open for a period of time to save money on your heating bill.
5. Lack of Regular Maintenance
The last culprit behind your high bill could be your lack of regular maintenance on your heating system. It is essential to get proper check-ups to ensure total quality and performance. Checking your filters is easy and can be done either by yourself or by a professional. You want to make sure that your filters are clean because dirty filters can lead to unwanted, expensive heating bills. Another tool is to talk with your trusted HVAC company to see if they offer any plans that ensure maintenance checkups on your heating systems. These plans can provide you with ways to save money and make sure that your system is always running to its full capability.
Winter Savings with Allpro A/C & Heating
At Allpro A/C & Heating, we’re here to save you money every way we can. Winter energy costs can be high, but you can slash those costs when you follow these tips! For more ways to save money this winter,