If you noticed a rise in your heating bills this winter, you might at first think it’s because you and your family are spending more time indoors. But if those costs seem higher than you would expect, something else might lurk behind them. There are numerous ways a heating system can become more expensive to run than it should, from basic user errors to problems that require heating repair in Cary, NC from professionals. And in some extreme cases, these higher utility bills may be telling you it’s time for a new heater!
Let’s Breakdown Some of the Possibilities
In this post, we’re going to concentrate on heating system issues that can lead to an increase in your bills. You might also have issues with the house, such as a loss of insulation or drafty areas.
- Poor thermostat control: A quick reminder that the best way to set your thermostat for energy savings is to keep it steady at one temperature during the day when people are home, then lower it 8° at night or when the house is empty. The recommended daytime temperature is 68°F. Don’t push the setting up too high just to get “faster” heat; the thermostat doesn’t work that way.
- Faulty thermostat: You may be putting in the right settings for the thermostat, but the thermostat is miscalibrated and making the heater run longer than it should. This is a simple problem for us to fix. We can recalibrate the thermostat, or we can update it if you’d like a more advanced thermostat with special energy-saving features.
- Clogged air filter: Ah, yes, the bane of so many home heating systems. Allowing a clogged air filter to stay in place month after month is the fastest path to paying more for heating than you should. Change the filter every one to three months, and check on it monthly.
- Blocked or closed vents: You cannot shut vent covers in rooms as a way to control which rooms receive heating. If vents are shut or blocked, it will raise the pressure inside the ventilation system and put more stress on the blower, and this will not only cause a rise in bills, it can lead to numerous ductwork leaks.
- Short-cycling: This is a common problem with heating systems where they become trapped in their startup cycle. You may notice this as the heater turning on for only a short time, then shutting down and turning back on again only a little while later. This continual stop-and-start pattern will drain large amounts of energy (showing up on your bills) and also lead to more repairs and an early replacement.
- Age: Finally, if the heater is at or above its estimated service life, this rise in the cost to run it may simply be the indicator that it’s time to replace the unit. No matter how well you keep a heating system maintained, age and use eventually catch up to it.
Our technicians are happy to check up on your heating system to see if it needs repairs or give you an estimate if we think it is ready to be replaced.
Comfort Master Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. serves the Triangle Area of North Carolina. Schedule repair service with us today.