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Why Is My Heating Bill So High?

During the cooler months of the year, heating bills can go through the roof. But that doesn’t have to be the case. If you’re tired of seeing energy bills skyrocket during the winter, you’ve come to the right place.

Entek has been serving the Pacific Northwest area with quality heating services for more than 70 years. We’ve met many clients over the years that have been frustrated with high heating costs just as you likely are now. But we have a solution for you.

Why is My Heating Bill so High

By providing quality heating services, we can help you maximize the efficiency of your heating system while lowering your overall energy costs.

First, let’s talk about some of the reasons your heating bill might be overly high. First, your heating system may not be up to date. If that’s the case, you’ll want to consider updating your equipment to high-efficiency electric heating.

If your HVAC unit is more than ten years old, it’s likely time for an upgrade. There are much more energy efficient models on the market today that will help you save on heating and cooling costs.

If you do decide it’s time to upgrade to high-efficiency electric heating, you’ll want to consider purchasing a unit with the Energy Star label. Energy Star qualified equipment can reduce your energy bill up to $115 per year. However, it’s not enough to simply upgrade your equipment.

You’ll want to make sure it’s installed properly as well. Improperly installed equipment can greatly reduce a system’s efficiency. Since almost half of all HVAC systems are installed incorrectly, it’s important that you hire the right contractor to perform the installation. Entek is an industry leader and we will make sure that your system operates smoothly and efficiently from day one.

Before you consider an upgrade, however, there are a few other things you’ll want to check out around the house.

Another reason your heating bill could be going through the roof is that your home isn’t properly sealed. This means that your system could be operating efficiently, but you’re losing heat through cracks and crevices in the home’s structure. If you believe this to be the case, consider contacting Entek for a home performance energy test. We can help you pinpoint areas of your home that could be made more energy efficient. For a limited time, take advantage of a discounted rate on our home performance energy tests.

If our expert technicians determine that you’re losing efficiency through your air ducts, we can perform duct sealing and cleaning services. Leaky ducts can reduce a home’s heating efficiency by up to 45%. Fortunately, Entek is the leading duct sealing expert. We use AEROSEAL technology to ensure that your ducts are sealed up to 95%. This low-cost solution has the potential to greatly reduce your home’s heating costs.

Another simple way to lower your heating bill is changing your air filters on a regular basis. You should change your air filter at least once every few months. However, it’s a good idea to check it on a monthly basis.

If you have pets or if the filter looks dirty, change it more frequently. Since a dirty filter slows airflow, the system will have to work harder to keep you warm. On the other hand, a clean air filter can improve the system’s efficiency, thereby reducing your heating costs. Clean air filters will also prevent dirt buildup, thereby extending the life of the equipment and preventing the need for expensive maintenance.

Speaking of maintenance…all of these steps are important to reducing your heating bill. However, maintaining your HVAC system on a regular basis is key to optimizing its performance level and reducing your energy costs.

We know it’s easy to get busy with everyday life and forget to maintain your system. However, preventative maintenance is the best way to extend the life of the equipment while also ensuring that it operates at maximum efficiency. A neglected heat pump or furnace typically operates at 10%-25% less efficiency than a well maintained one. Therefore, it’s important that you have routine maintenance done on your system on an annual basis.

Even if you have upgraded to high-efficiency electric heating and everything is functioning smoothly, your heating bill could be high because you’re wasting energy while you’re away from home. Ever forget to turn off the heat when you leave your house for the day? Or perhaps, you leave it on because you want to return to a warm and toasty living room when you get home at the end of a long day. There’s nothing wrong with that, but your heating bill is going to be higher because you’re expending energy while you’re away from home. Instead, think about purchasing a programmable thermostat.

Pre-programmed settings on the thermostat allow you to control the temperature of your house even when you’re away from home. By allowing you to adjust the temperature of your house during extended periods of time when you’re away, programmable thermostats can reduce your energy costs by about $180 per year. You can return to a perfectly heated home while making sure your comfort doesn’t cost you on your heating bill.

Entek understands how frustrating a soaring heating bill can be. In fact, about half of your home’s energy use goes toward heating and cooling costs. Therefore, your HVAC system should be as energy efficient as possible.

If you think you would benefit by upgrading to high-efficiency electric heating, give us a call. We can also help you with any system repairs or maintenance checks that you may need on your existing equipment. So contact us today and we’ll help keep your heating bill low while making sure you can still easily heat up your home.