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Extra-High Heating Bills? 5 Possible Explanations

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When the months become less humid, there’s only one thing that’s certain about your heating bills, they gain momentum and start to “heat up.” As you try to keep warm against the harsh cold of the winter, it may seem almost impossible to bring down your heating bill without the heat in the home being too cold for comfort. 

If you have recently noticed a spike in your heating bill, don’t panic yet, it’s quite common, and many factors may be responsible for this. What’s more? There are ways to rectify it.

This article will help you discover 5 possible reasons why your heating bill is getting excruciatingly high and show you how you can curb the spike in your next heating bill.

What Causes the Heating Bill Spike?

There are many reasons why your heating bill may increase, and before you start to point fingers at the company providing your heating for increasing your bills, first check these boxes and ensure you’re not the one at fault.

  1. The Seasons Have Changed

This is one of the obvious causes of spiked heating bills. The amount of heat you would need during the summer is significantly different from what you’ll need during the winter season. And as the weather changes outside, the need to keep warm inside the house causes you to turn up the thermostat. Turning up the thermostat to up the heat and keep it at a level that’s comfortable for you may cause your furnace to work overtime.  

  1. You Failed to Adjust Your Thermostat

Certain degrees of heat are generally acceptable to set your thermostat during particular seasons. During winter, 68 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal for most well-insulated homes. One way to maintain this degree of heating is to get a programmable thermostat to keep the house’s heating regular and keep your bills in check. However, cooling and heating experts believe it is best for you if you would like to save some heating costs to turn down this degree to as low as 10 degrees for up to 8 hours while you’re asleep or out of the house. 

  1. Your House Is Poorly Insulated

You’ve tried everything, cranked up the heat almost to the highest degree possible, and you still can’t get the house to feel warm enough. Have you checked to see if your house is fully and adequately insulated? It is possible that heat could be escaping through vents in the home that have not been sealed off. The more heat gets lets out through these openings (such as windows and doors), the less warm the house will feel. Do a thorough check for leaks where heat could be escaping from. If you’re able to keep heat within the home, you do not need to turn up the thermostat so high, and you can save on your heating bills. 

  1. Your Furnace Needs a Replacement

This may be the last thing to come to mind when you find that your heating bills are starting to go high. Old furnaces may malfunction and fail to keep your house adequately heated, causing you to use up more energy to keep the home warm.

While getting a replacement may seem expensive, using a faulty furnace may cost more as the monthly bills go by. Working with an HVAC company to secure and install a replacement will save subsequent months’ worth of high heating bills. This company can also help with routine checks to ensure that the furnace works in tandem with the house’s heating system and check that the furnace remains in good condition.

If properly maintained, a good furnace should last you up to 25 years!

  1. Your Furnace Filter is Clogged

Because of the type of work the furnace filter does to keep dirt and debris from invading your heating system, it may get clogged over time. When this happens, it’s challenging to get proper ventilation in the heating system. The heating system has to put in extra effort to supply heat and may even cause the furnace to malfunction. HVAC experts must clean your furnace filter regularly. This will help you avoid incurring more heating bills than usual from repairs or keeping the thermostat at a higher degree to provide more heat.

Let the Experts At C & L Services Handle Your Heating

Save up on heating bills by having an HVAC expert examine your heating system. When all else has failed, C & L Services knows what to do. Throughout South Carolina, we offer professional cooling and heating system repair services for our customers. Contact us for a free estimate, and you’ll be glad you chose us!

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