4 Things That Drive Up Energy Bills in the Winter

Drive Up Energy Bills

The cold winter months can be tough, but they can get even worse when your heating bills start to skyrocket. Understanding what drives up heating costs during this time of the year will help you take the necessary measures to get your home’s heating requirements back on track. Local heating and air conditioning expert McLay Services, Inc. takes a look at four of them in this post.

1. Insulation issues

Weak or damaged insulation in your home can contribute to increased heating bills. This might be the culprit if you find your living spaces aren’t getting any warmer even when your furnace or heat pump is running. Adding more insulation can help solve this problem. However, if your existing insulation is wet, outdated or infested with pests, you should have it replaced as soon as possible.

2. Ductwork leaks

Over time, your home’s ductwork begins losing its structural integrity. Cracks, holes and loose seams will allow warm, conditioned air to escape, causing your heating equipment to work twice as hard to maintain the desired indoor temperature. More energy is wasted as a result, affecting the equipment’s efficiency. Call your local HVAC contractor to have your air ducts inspected and cleaned.

3. Thermostat issues

Another reason for increasing utility bills during the winter months involves thermostat efficiency. If your thermostat is an older model, consider replacing it with a new one, preferably the programmable type. This will allow you to set temperatures for specific times of the day, including when you’re away from home and while you’re sleeping.

4. Inefficient heating unit

Perhaps the most obvious reason for an increase in your heating bills is the equipment itself. If your furnace, boiler or heat pump is nearing the end of its service life, a replacement could be due. If it’s fairly new, you’ll need to maintain it to prolong its lifespan. A certified HVAC technician can carry out routine inspections to  help diagnose worn-out parts, dirt, dust and potential carbon monoxide leaks.

For your heating system maintenance and air conditioning repair needs, McLay Services, Inc. is here to help. Call (909) 392-2202 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve homeowners in and around Pomona and Claremont, CA.