Are You Paying Too Much Money to Heat Your Home? If So, Your HVAC Unit May Be the Culprit.

What’s up with high heating costs?  If the price of keeping your home comfortable in winter has risen noticeably, your HVAC system may be at fault. Or not. Average U.S. residential natural gas prices in 2019 increased about 4.5% from 2018. An increase in that range could be attributed simply to your local utility passing on the higher cost. If you still get the feeling you’re paying too much to heat your home lately, however, here are some possible reasons for high heating costs:

    • Reduced airflow. If system airflow is deficient, your furnace runs longer cycles to maintain thermostat settings. Longer cycles mean higher heating costs. The most common cause of low system airflow is a dirty or clogged air filter. If it hasn’t been replaced recently, do it now and keep replacing it every 30 to 60 days all winter long.
    • Duct leaks. The average residential duct leakage is 10% to 25% of total airflow. However, any experienced HVAC technician has seen 50% air loss — and even higher. That leaked heat is basically warming the attic, crawl space or wall cavities. Longer furnace cycles and higher heating costs are the inevitable result. Have your ducts inspected by a professional HVAC contractor who can also present options to seal the ducts if necessary.
    • Cracks and gaps. Structural leaks that allow heat to escape the conditioned envelope of the house can become severe enough to show up on your monthly heating bill. The cumulative effect of all air leaks in a very leaky house can be the equivalent of leaving a window wide open 24/7. Sealing cracks and gaps in the structure and renewing weather stripping around all doors and windows makes the house more airtight.
    • Lack of professional maintenance. Scheduling an annual checkup for your heating system by a qualified HVAC technician can identify and resolve other technical matters that result in higher heating costs. These can include improper furnace combustion, venting issues, thermostat problems, and insufficient insulation.

Serving Terre Haute for nearly 98 years, the professionals at Paitson Bros. are experienced in tracking down and resolving causes of high heating costs.

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