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