We’re marching through the winter season with fuzzy socks, warm sweaters, thick scarves, and all. You’ve been making it through so far. You’re warm and your heater works as it normally would. There’s just one thing that’s really odd, though—your heating bills are through the roof.
You can’t seem to make sense of it. You just don’t know why it’s happening. Don’t pull your hair out trying to sleuth for the answer on your own. We’re here to help you out with what you’re looking for.
A Helpful Checklist
Let’s figure out why your heating bill is so much higher now.
Are You Operating Your Heater Differently?
Is anything that you’re doing this winter different from last winter? Things that are “different” could be running your heater more often, running your heater for longer periods of time, or running your heater at higher thermostat temperatures.
Now, there’s a decent chance that you’re running your heater more often than you were last winter. Last winter we were still moving out and about in the world unabashed with no masks. This year is quite different. You’re probably working from home and having happy hours over virtual calls. Think about how much more time you spend heating your home because of this. If you give it some mental calculation and realize that you’re really putting a lot of extra mileage of your heater, then this could be the cause of your price spike.
What’s Your Insulation Like?
How well insulated is your home? This is a question that you need to ask yourself at least once in the lifespan of your home. Not doing so could have you living in a glorified tent and struggling to get warm all winter. It can also have you paying entirely too much for your heating.
If your home isn’t properly insulated, you’re not going to be able to heat it up or keep it warm for long. If you’re looking to lower your heating bills, insulation is a great place to start. You can start small with weatherstripping or by beefing up your windows and doors. If that doesn’t do enough, we’d suggest moving to the attic for reinforcement.
How’s Your Heater?
How is your heater doing? If you’ve had your heater for close to a decade, you skip out on repair every single year, and your heater has been running in odd cycles this year, the answer to that question is “It’s not doing too well!”
We know that it’s really easy to fall into the mindset of pushing your heater to the most extreme limits to evade repair work. We get it. We’ve been in your shoes. There are plenty of underqualified HVAC “technicians” around here that contribute to many a heating horror story. We’re the real deal. We’re trained, licensed, and experienced too. If you need heating work, we’re the perfect HVAC contractor in Murfreesboro, TN.