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High Utility Bills? Why HVAC May Be To Blame

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According to energy.gov, heating and cooling accounts for about half of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes. During these cold winter days, your furnace has to work hard to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. The more your heating system runs, the higher your utility bills will be.

Here are a few tips to combat your high utility bills this year:

  1. Use Clean Air Filters – Check your furnace filter every month to ensure proper air flow through your system.
  2. Upgrade Lightbulbs, Appliances, etc – Consider replacing old lightbulbs and appliances with energy-efficient models.
  3. Programmable Thermostat – Set your HVAC system to a schedule that fits your lifestyle.
  4. Seal Leaks and Add Insulation – Sealing leaks in ductwork and adding additional insulation (especially in the attic) will help with heating and cooling losses.
  5. Turn Down Your Water Heater – Change your water heater to setting from 140 to 120 degrees to save on unnecessary energy usage.
  6. Upgrade Your HVAC System – If your heating and cooling system is 10 years or older, requires frequent repairs, fails to heat and cool certain areas of your home, and produces unusually high utility bills, it may be time for replacement.

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