More often than not, a significant increase in the electricity bill will be seen during winter because of the heavy usage of heating systems and appliances. Specifically, however, that increase is caused by a few major factors in winter energy costs; knowing these factors is important if you’d like to save household energy costs this winter season.
Here are the main factors in winter energy costs:
CLIMATE COMFORT. Although the cold temperature outside is responsible for making you feel cold in the winter and fall seasons, the dry air inside your home also plays a role in burdening your indoor heating systems. Consequently, this can increase your energy bill too.
Thus, one way to reduce your energy consumption is by preventing dry air inside your home. You can do this by maintaining the humidity at the right level using a humidifier which does not only add warmth to your place but also helps fight flu and other seasonal health-related problems.
HEAT LOSS. Heat loss definitely is one of the major culprits of your spiking energy bill. You may have thought your household is already saved from the winter woes because you already have a good heating system in place. And then you got surprised by a whooping energy bill all because you failed to check every corner of your household first and mask every hole and drafts that may allow the heated air to escape. Your household just suffered a heat loss.
Before you start turning your heating system on, a thorough checkup of the following has to be done to make sure every leak or draft has already gotten rid of:
1. Attic – Attics are one of the common sources of heat loss in United States according to studies. Make sure you have this checked especially, the insulation component to isolate the heated air.
2. Doors and Windows – Old windows and doors may be leaking air and should be repaired or replaced before the winter starts. If you plan of acquiring new ones, make sure these are installed with reinforced window stripping or window coverings as these help avoid leaks and keep a tight seal on them.
SYSTEM EFFICIENCY. While ensuring that your household is kept warm via the first two factors, your electric problem will most likely remain unsolved if your heating system has already reached its inefficient stage. In fact, if your heating system is inefficient, it can take an enormous amount of energy to operate at optimum performance.
Just because your heating system is still up and working after 15 years of usage, it does not mean it is as efficient and effective as it used to be. Without regular diagnostic testing from a local licensed HVAC company, their capability to heat air may take longer, thus more energy will be drawn, for them to function well. Since you will most likely be working with an HVAC company for your upgrades or heating system repairs, it will also help if you consult with your local licensed electrician to know whom they can recommend.
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