Friday, February 13, 2015

A Dose of Preventative Heating Service Can Save a Diagnosis of Higher Energy Bills

For some, winter is a miserable time. They feel constricted by weather that keeps them trapped inside and that can especially be uncomfortable when the bill for keeping the house warm comes. Homeowners can turn the thermostat down, but after they notice their children are adding coats after they come inside from the outdoors, perhaps there might be better ways to decrease the cost of keeping a house warm.

One thing to consider is to get your heating system serviced. An annual service call from your Birmingham AL heating installation company can ensure that everything is working correctly can save money in the long run. This sort of preventative maintenance might spot a problem that if fixed in the fall might be cheaper than in the winter; plus, if a part fails in the winter, everyone suffers in cold until the furnace is up and running again. People get grumpy when the furnace isn’t running for a couple of days in December, January, or February.

Check out the insulation situation in the attic. The general rule is that 11 inches of fiberglass or rock wool insulation is enough to improve the temperature in a home or eight inches of cellulose insulation in the attic and the floor will do the same. If there isn’t enough insulation, add some and it is likely to find an immediate and positive impact in the cost to keep a home warm, as well as the comfort level of the house.

Finally, for those who haven’t done so yet, for optimal efficiency, set the thermostat at 68 degrees during the day and 60 degrees over-night. By setting the thermostat at this optimal temperature, most homeowners could expect to save around $100 a year.

Often marketers push their duct cleaning services and how that can save money. Ductwork doesn’t get clogged very often, but it can possibly become moldy or dusty and affect air quality. As a part of preventative maintenance, have your furnace repair company check out the ductwork in your home. It probably won’t save you any money, but it might save you from breathing problems.

Death, taxes, and bills are all things that we know we’re going to have to deal with eventually. One of the things we can do is try to keep our bills as low as possible through preventative maintenance. By doing this we can keep our bills relatively low, and we can keep our homes comfortable. And that goes for heating and plumbing repair as well.

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