Why Is My Heating And Cooling Bill Getting Higher Every Month?
Your home energy usage is often the largest utility bill you get each month…but does it have to be?
Heating and cooling account for today’s largest home expenses outside of home renovation projects and rent. Saving money, however, is not impossible. Commercial construction services can give your heating and cooling a check-up this year to make sure it’s up-to-date, providing a simple repair or even a new installation to get you looking forward to your monthly bill for once. If you have a furnace or boiler? There’s even more you can do to make 2018 your greenest year yet.
Let’s take a look at the top five energy-saving tips all homeowners should know about as 2018 rolls on.
Check Your Ductwork
There are a lot of contributing factors that could be draining your bill right under your nose. Duct losses have been found to account for a staggering 30% of energy consumption for space conditioning. This can be easily avoided with ductless mini split cooling and heating systems installed. Whether or not you need these can be better determined with the aid of air conditioning services. There’s only so much you can do on your own, after all!
Swap Your Filters
Do you notice a drop in your air quality every time you turn on your air conditioner? It may be time to swap out your filters. Today two-thirds of all homes in the United States have air conditioners installed, but too many homeowners are still ignorant about all the ways these complex systems can struggle. Your filters should be swapped out every one to three months, depending on how often they’re used, and should be replaced by a professional if you’re still new to your air conditioning unit.
Replace Your Furnace
Not all heating and cooling systems need the same upkeep. Some have longer lifespans, while others have more moving parts that can break before you know it. The most common heating fuel used today is natural gas, with as many as 60% of American homes using it as a primary source of staying warm. Boilers last for around 15 to 30 years, depending on how well you take care of them, while furnaces start to peter out after 15 to 20 years. Sometimes an outright replacement will save you more money than a repair.
Save On Energy
Think you can’t conserve energy and still live in a comfortable home? Think again. High efficiency heating and cooling systems have an AFUE (that’s annual fuel utilization efficiency) of 90% to 95%, perfect for making that monthly bill feel less dreadful. Today air conditioners cost American homeowners more than $11 billion every year. Combining high efficiency models with smart day-to-day habits like using a programmable thermostat and keeping the windows closed will keep your costs low and your spirits high.
Call Dedicated Professionals
Heating and cooling fares better with the aid of dedicated professionals. When you want to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, without breaking the bank, you need people that can offer you solutions. Ductwork losses and lackluster systems contribute to hundreds (sometimes even thousands) of dollars lost every year, which can put you in a bad spot to attend to that renovation you’ve been giving so much thought. A minor check-up can determine the source of your financial loss and steer you in the right direction, whether it’s a filter swap or a new installation.
Don’t dread your utility bill anymore. Let Joe Nelson commercial construction companies give you the check-up you’ve needed all along.