A natural gas furnace is the most efficient way to heat your home, especially if you live in a cold climate. However, Reuters says the price of natural gas is expected to rise dramatically during the winter heating season. Find out why the price of natural gas is getting more expensive and how to save on gas heating bills this year.
Each year, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) releases a winter fuel outlook. Energy costs have already gotten more expensive globally, according to Reuters. This is because the demand for energy is now higher than the available supply.
Higher natural gas prices will affect you as you turn on your heating system and receive utility bills. Here’s about how much it will impact the average household during the six-month winter heating season, in contrast to 2020.
Compared to other fuel sources, a natural gas heating system is still the cheapest and most efficient way to heat your home. And there are several steps you can take to you can do to keep your heating costs affordable this winter. Here’s how you can spend less on your gas heating bill.
Request furnace maintenance from an HVAC professional before the heating season begins. You’ll get greater] efficiency and it’s cheaper than repairing your heating system later on in the year.
This service includes:
Having your HVAC system maintained each year helps control energy use, reduces the likelihood of breakdowns and may even make your heating system last longer. Plus, most manufacturers require it to keep your valuable warranty valid. This warranty protects you if a major part, like the heat exchanger, fails on your home’s heating system during a certain period.
We know you’re busy and that it’s easy to forget about scheduling your furnace tune-ups. That’s why we provide membership programs designed to make your life easier while helping you save money.
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HVAC professionals recommend replacing your programmable thermostat with one that’s “smart” to save money on your energy bill. This means it connects to Wi-Fi, so you can control your HVAC system from your smartphone or tablet from bed when you wake up, or just about anywhere in the world. You’ll receive real-time updates on how much energy you’re using.
The best smart thermostats for central heating have:
Your energy company probably offers valuable rebates for installing a smart thermostat, since they’re ENERGY STAR® qualified. These rebates may cover a portion or even the full cost of the thermostat, so contact your natural gas supplier before you purchase one.
Your smart thermostat will handle creating an efficient schedule that potentially reduces your heating bill, but you’ll need to program it for a few days so it can pick up on your temperature preferences. We recommend using these winter thermostat settings from the U.S. Department of Energy and ENERGY STAR.
Your thermostat should be set to 68 degrees for maximum energy savings. If this feels too chilly, these ways to save can help keep your home feeling warmer and your heating bill under control:
The National Sleep Foundation says most people do best in a cold room. During the winter, that can range from 60-67 degrees, depending on your personal preferences.
Try experimenting with your thermostat for about a week to find the right temperature. Start with the temperature set at 67 degrees and decreasing it by a degree each night. You might feel cold initially, but you’ll probably be surprised how comfortable you can be at a cooler temperature. And how much it can affect your heating bill!
If you don’t have any pets, you can set your thermostat as cool as 50 degrees. This keeps your heating system running and your pipes from freezing. But don’t be tempted to jack up your furnace when you get back, instead of setting it back to 68. This won’t warm your home up faster. It’ll just drive up your heating bill and result in wear and tear on your furnace.
If you have pets, you can follow the Department of Energy’s suggestion to turn your thermostat back 7-10 degrees while you’re gone. Doing this while you’re at work can save you up to 10% on heating bills each year.
Replacing your old, inefficient heating system is one of the smartest ways to save on heating bills. A furnace’s efficiency is measured in AFUE, or Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. Simply put, this rating measures how efficiently your furnace uses fuel for heat.
Newer furnaces have an average AFUE of 95%, while older models only achieve around 80%. Getting a new furnace that’s 15% more efficient can result in big savings on your heating bills over your furnace’s life. While your exact utility bill savings will vary based on local weather and your temperature preferences, these savings could help your primary heating source pay for itself over time through a lower natural gas bill.
Here are a few other signs that it’s time to start considering furnace installation:
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Although natural gas prices are going up, there are many ways to reduce your heating bill with our Expert assistance. To get started, call us at 859-905-0834 for an appointment and we’ll see what you can do to spend less money this winter!
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