Many homeowners are concerned about the rising costs of heating their home and are looking for effective ways to not only reduce rising energy costs, but to also maximize the reliability of their HVAC system at the same time. They want quality solutions that can help them ensure their heating and cooling equipment will be able to offer many years of dependable service, while keeping their home a comfortable temperature all year long. Unfortunately, according to a recent report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=13311, the forecast for higher heating costs this winter seems inevitable.
Whether you heat your home with natural gas, propane or electricity, your heating cost are likely going to be higher this year. Many factors can contribute to how much you pay for heating and cooling your home, including the type of HVAC equipment you own, how well your home is insulated, where you are located in the country and even how well you maintain your heating and cooling equipment. With the anticipated higher heating expenditures this winter, making sure you know exactly what you can do to keep heating costs as low as possible will be essential.
An important thing for homeowners to understand is that changes in energy prices will affect most homeowners, regardless of what type of fuel they use for heating. In fact, about one-half of U.S. households use natural gas for heating, but this is the fuel that is expected to experience the highest increase — 13%. Of course, whether you use natural gas or another type of fuel, the importance of having a high efficiency heating system should not be overlooked. An energy efficient heating system offers plenty of advantages besides helping to reduce operating costs. For example, today’s high efficiency heating systems are better for the environment, but they also offer dependability right when you need it the most. The thought of having a mechanical failure is certainly something that most homeowners do not want to think about, especially in the midst of a winter freeze.
An affordable and effective way to reduce heating costs is to have a new high efficiency heating system installed in your home. There is certainly an initial investment, but with better energy efficiency and other incentives, an energy efficient heating system can pay for itself over the lifespan of the equipment, especially when you consider how a more efficient heater means lower energy costs. However, even with the best heating system, preventative maintenance is key to maintaining its energy efficient operation. Regardless of what type of heating system you have, professional heating maintenance is a key factor in reducing heating expenses by maximizing energy efficiency. A properly cleaned and tuned furnace will offer optimum performance with the least amount of energy consumption. Whether you choose a new furnace installation or you schedule preventative maintenance, there are things you can do to help reduce rising heating costs.