Heating Bill Too High? Here’s 4 Reasons Why!

by | Jan 22, 2020 | Heating | 0 comments

Have you recently gone to the mail box and received quite a shock from your heating bill? We understand and want to help you get to the bottom of why your heating bill is higher than expected.

What Increases Your Heating Bill?

Determining the cause of a higher than normal heating bill starts with the basics.

Today we’ll cover 4 common reasons why your heating bill costs have gone up during the winter months.

These are easy fixes that you can take care of without the help of a professional.

1. Dirty Filter?

One common cause of a high heating bill is a dirty filter. Most furnace filters require a change every 3 months or so.

Leaving a clogged, dirty filter in place forces your furnace to work harder to heat your space, resulting in that unpleasant, higher bill.

If you have neglected this simple fix, take a few minutes today to clean or replace that dirty filter!

2. Is Heat Escaping From Your Home?

Most homes lose up to 30% of its heating energy through air leaks around windows and doors.

Be certain to check that your doors and windows are shut and leak-free when the heat is on.

Also, keep your windows covered during the evenings to help reduce heat loss and your heating bill.

Your heating system and wallet will thank you!

3. Are You Using A Programmable Thermostat?

Programmable thermostats allow you to adjust your heat settings based on a predetermined schedule, which enables you to lower the heat when you are not at home or while you’re sleeping.

Understanding how your programmable thermostat works will help you set it to the optimal heat settings for your home.

4. Is There a Meter-Reading Error?

Can you believe that energy companies make mistakes on how much they charge customers?

Yeah that fact shocked us too (not really).

Check the reading on your heating bill with the actual meter reading to make sure there isn’t a mistake made by your energy company. If the readings do not match, contact them so they can address the problem, and adjust your bill.

Wrapping It Up

If you have fixed all of these common issues and still run into a high heating bill, contact Southern Pride Service, Inc to schedule an appointment with our friendly Southern Maryland heating technicians today.

Air Conditioning Repair Services

 If your air conditioning system isn't working properly, prompt repair is important to keep you comfortable in your home. Southern Pride Service offers cooling system repair services for AC systems of all types. This includes:

  • Central air conditioning system repair

  • Heat pump repair

  • Ductless air conditioning system repair

  • Geothermal system repair

Our experienced HVAC team can diagnose and treat all types of AC problems. Some common reasons that you might need cooling system repair include:

  • Air conditioner won't turn on 

  • Air conditioner won't cool properly 
  • Freezing of the outdoor unit

  • Leaks

  • Unusual sounds or smells

  • Electrical problems

Our repair technicians use the latest tools and technology to diagnose your system's needs. We offer fair, upfront pricing and prompt repair services.

 Schedule AC repair now so you can be cool and comfortable in your home. Call 301-932-4925 or contact us online.


Air Conditioning Installation and Replacement Services

 When it comes time to replace an older or faulty air conditioning system, or install an entirely new unit, our team will recommend the best system for your home and budget.  We'll work with you to take the stress out of the install process with quick and efficient service. We also offer financing options to make it more affordable. 

 Some signs that you're in need of replacement include:

  • Cost of repair is high, so replacement is more cost-effective

  • The system is 10 years old or older

  • You're struggling with frequent breakdowns

  • The system still runs on Freon

 For your air conditioning installation quote, contact the pros at Southern Pride Service.


Keep Your System Properly Maintained with Southern Pride Service

 Proper AC maintenance helps extend the life span of your air conditioning and cooling system and reduce the risk of a breakdown. We offer air conditioning  maintenance plans that will help you keep your system running properly to proactively avoid costly issues and repairs later down the line. We recommend scheduling maintenance at the start of the cooling season, so that your HVAC system can operate as efficiently as possible all season long.

 Is your air conditioner overdue for maintenance? Schedule it today by calling 301-932-4925 or contacting Southern Pride Service online for help.