Have you opened your heating bill this month and noticed a spike? Or has it slowly gotten more and more expensive over the months and years even though you haven’t changed a thing?
That can be frustrating.
This article will show you some of the reasons for these higher-than-normal heating bills as well as what you can do to fix them.
A leaky home is one that lets your heated air escape and the cold outside air come in.
This is usually because your home is not sealed well around openings in its exterior (like doors, windows, light fixtures, electrical outlets, plumbing, etc.). Poor insulation can also cause a home to “leak” your hot air.
Many homes in New Jersey are older and therefore may not be as well sealed as newer homes. This problem can get worse over time and the cost of this problem rises as the price of gas also rises over time.
How to fix it: Find the leaks in your home and seal them. (Here’s a good how-to guide from ENERGY STAR.) The most common causes of a leaky home are:
There are several things we classify as “misuses” of your furnace that can cause a high heating bill. They are:
Each of these things can cause your furnace to work harder than it needs to, raising your heating bill significantly.
How to fix it: First of all, don’t ignore your yearly furnace tune-up. This can create a disaster. Tune-ups keep your furnace running more efficiently and also protect you from a costly breakdown and other dangerous problems (like a carbon monoxide leak). Other things you should do to avoid misusing your furnace include:
One of the most common causes of high heating bills is an outdated furnace. As your furnace gets older, internal parts begin wearing out, which can cause the furnace’s efficiency to worsen.
In fact if your furnace is more than 10 years old, a suddenly high heating bill can be a sign that your furnace is on its last legs and you may want to consider replacing it before it kicks the bucket completely.
How to fix it: Get a trusted heating company to come take a look at your furnace to see if it needs to be completely replaced or can be easily repaired. If you need a new furnace, schedule a free estimate and we can show you your options for your budget.
There are, of course, other things you can do to reduce your monthly energy bills, but these are the most common reasons for a suddenly high heating bill. If you still didn’t find the answer you were looking for, ask one of our experts for help.
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