Avoid Higher Heating Expenditures This Winter
Whether you noticed it or not, you probably spent around $600 heating your home last winter if you have a natural gas heating system. If you were using propane, then you probably spent a whopping $1500 keeping you and your family warm, and if you used electric, then you probably spent $900. If this worries you, then what may be even more disturbing is the even higher heating expenditures this winter. You can expect those bills to hike up to $700, $1700 and $910 respectively this winter. The only ones seeing a decrease in pricing are those using heating oil, but they’re still paying the most at around $2050.
With heating and cooling costs for most households forecast to rise from last winter’s levels, it’s more important than ever to be sure that you have a highly efficient heating and cooling system in your home unless you have money to blow. The changes in energy prices are not only due to a rise in fuel costs but also more extreme temperatures. There is always the option to get a wood burning stove, but you may need more than one if you have many rooms to keep warm. In addition, you would still need a cooling system for the summers.
Now that you realize the importance of having a high efficiency heating system, there are a few things you can do. For one, you must have regular HVAC maintenance. Once you finish using your HVAC system to keep cool, have it cleaned and checked. Again, later on, way before those cold winter temperatures are due, turn the heating on to make sure that everything is in working order. If it’s not running the way it should be, then call a reputable HVAC service and maintenance company to come take a look. There are a few possibilities- it could be a minor problem or your entire system could be shot in which case, you will have to buy a new one. Now, this could be a blessing in disguise as it would give you the chance to replace your older equipment with a new, more energy efficient system. A more efficient heater means lower energy costs.
About one-half of U.S. households use natural gas. Some of these households got on board because according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration at http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=13311, the most affordable fuel option these days seems to be gas, but inquire in your area before you make the switch.
To find a specific business in your area that you can count on for HVAC purchase, service, maintenance and installation, ask friends, family and neighbors for references. You can also search the net to see what previous customers are saying about the companies in your area.