The thought of higher heating expenditures this winter has many people worried about how they will be able to afford to keep their homes warm and comfortable as the temperatures drop. This is especially important in areas where winter temperatures can get very cold and heating is crucial. According to information provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the cost of heating homes this winter has a forecast to increase for people who use propane, electricity or natural gas. Additionally, about one-half of U.S. households use natural gas to fuel their heating systems; but, unfortunately, the EIA’s report suggests that people who are using natural gas will see about a 13% increase in their energy bills this heating season. This can be a significant hike in heating costs, especially for people who are already struggling to make ends meet.
The changes in energy prices will likely be affecting the vast majority of people. For example, propane users are expected to see a 9% increase, while those who heat with electricity can anticipate an increase of approximately 2%. These increases in energy prices will affect approximately 90% of the homes in the United States this winter. While these figures can be alarming for some homeowners, there are things that can be done to reduce heating costs, especially when it comes to your HVAC equipment and its energy efficiency.
Many homeowners have found that replacing their existing heating system with a system that has greater energy efficiency can help them save money each month. This is true, even when you take into consideration the cost of the initial investment for new equipment. Today’s high energy heating systems offer reduced operating costs, as well as reliable heating. Of course, when you consider the fact that a more efficient heater means lower energy costs, the initial investment is something that can be recovered, often in a much shorter time period than most people realize.
While the importance of having a high efficiency heating system should not be ignored, even homeowners who are not ready to invest in a new heating system can reap the benefits of increased energy efficiency and the resulting energy cost savings. For example, professional HVAC contractors typically recommend an annual maintenance plan in order to ensure that your heating system is in top operating condition. With routine maintenance, you can maximize the energy efficiency of your current heating system and save money on energy bills at the same time.
When faced with increasing energy prices, it is definitely a wise idea to consider your available options. Fortunately, a new heating installation can be an excellent way to maximize the efficiency of your energy usage, but the advantages of professional maintenance for your HVAC system should also be taken into consideration. Contact us if you want that professional care for your HVAC system.