The extremely cold weather that has hit the country simply cannot be ignored. Due to a higher demand for energy, heating costs have gone through the roof with up to 90 percent of the population being affected. The cost of heating using natural gas has gone up by more than 10 percent in the last 12 months. About 50% of homes in the US use natural gas for heating. The cost of heating using electricity, heating oil and propane has also significantly gone up.
In an attempt to keep warm, most people usually turn up the heat in their homes by a few degrees. What you might not know is that a single degree increase on your thermostat could mean a 3% rise in heating costs. On the other hand, turning your thermostat too low can cause your pipes to freeze. A good idea, therefore, would be to leave open the cabinet doors that lead to your kitchen faucets, when you go to sleep. This will allow the circulation of warm air around the pipes consequently preventing freezing.
Safety is also important during these cold days. An electric space heater should be kept not less than one meter away from items that can easily catch fire such as curtains. So once you leave the room, be sure to switch it off.
A new furnace can also significantly bring down the cost of heating in your home. This is because new furnaces are designed with higher efficiency in mind. Some are capable of utilizing over 95% of all the energy produced by the fuel. However, the high cost of these devices may bar some people from making a change. In such cases, the best thing to do is to get in touch with a professional HVAC technician, like Brewer Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. of Grass Valley, CA, and get advice on how much you stand to save in the long run by buying a new furnace. To determine this, the HVAC expert will take several factors into consideration namely: fuel cost, furnace efficiency and heating load (how much energy it takes to maintain an internal temperature of 65 degrees).
You don’t have to upgrade your furnace if it still has some years left in its two-decade lifespan. There are other more affordable ways of improving energy efficiency in your home, for example, attic insulation and weather stripping. If after doing all this, you still feel that more needs to be done, it would be a good idea to request an energy audit from your provider. This will help unearth any chinks in your home that could be allowing heat to escape.