Four Reasons Your Energy Bills are Higher This Winter
Utility bills for your Orange Park, Florida home sometimes fluctuate, but they are usually fairly predictable. If your energy bills are higher this winter, it could be because of a change you’ve made in your home, a problem with your HVAC unit, or sometimes it’s completely external, such as a price hike with your utility company. Unless the issue is external, there’s likely a way to get your bills lower or back to normal.
If you had a lot of guests over the holidays, it could explain why your utility bills are higher this winter. More people in your home mean equipment, appliances, and electricity are being used more often, and for longer periods. In addition, Christmas lights and other electronic decoration can add to your bills.
Using a manually operated thermostat can make your bills higher in the winter. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, it’s time to invest in one. With a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the temperature gradually and more efficiently. You can also set your thermostat to a lower temperature automatically at night or when you’re at work, in order to reduce energy use.
To get the most out of your HVAC system, you should get it serviced annually. Regular maintenance on your HVAC system improves its efficiency, saving you money over the winter months. An HVAC technician is likely to find small issues during the maintenance check and fix them before they escalate.
Check your filters throughout the winter to make sure they haven’t become clogged. When your filters become clogged, it makes it harder for it to filter the air, in turn making your heating system work harder and run longer. Clogged air filters also negatively affect your home’s air quality.
An aging furnace can cause an increase in utility bills. As your furnace ages, it becomes less efficient, which causes your utility bills to increase. It might be time to invest in a new energy-efficient furnace. While the cost of energy-efficient appliances is higher, you will make up the cost over time through the savings on your utility bills. An HVAC technician will be able to tell you during the maintenance check whether your furnace is causing your increased bills.
If you are faced with higher than normal bills, contact Mike Merritt Heating & Air at 888-376-2450. We can provide services and systems to help you to improve energy efficiency in your home. Give us a call today for more information.