Have you just moved into a different home and have noticed the heating bill seems rather high? If so, here are three factors that can help you figure out why your heating bill in your new place might be substantially higher than your previous one:
1. Style of House
If you have just moved from an apartment, this is one reason alone you are seeing a higher heating bill in your new home. Apartments, condominiums, duplexes, and town homes use less energy in general because they have common walls not exposed to the exterior. These types of residences use much less energy per square foot of heated floor space than detached homes, even very small detached homes.
2. Age of House
Even though it's new to you, your home that was built forty years ago is not new at all. This could be another reason your heating bill is higher than you are used to. The insulation in older homes is usually not as good as in newer ones.
If you are noticing a draft or cold air coming up through the floors and doorways, adding insulation will help immensely. Make sure you also have plenty of insulation in your attic as well. Caulking and adding weather stripping will also help keep the cold outside where it belongs.
You will also want to make sure cold air isn't getting through the windows. In older homes, windows usually have just one pane of glass. If they are storm windows, the space between the inner window and storm window can allow air to seep through. Newer windows have two to three panes of glass with less room in between. If you notice cold air coming through your windows, you will want to get them replaced.
3. Age of Heating System
You will want to take note of the age of your heating system in your home. Energy experts say if your heating system is over 15 years old, it is probably time to get it replaced. If your heating system isn't quite that old, contact an HVAC contractor to make any necessary repairs.
If you live in an older home but you have done everything you can and your energy bills are still higher than you want them to be, you can contact an HVAC contractor to inspect your home. They can help you find ways to make sure your home is being heated as efficiently as possible. To learn more, contact a company like Alliance Heating & Cooling LLC with any questions or concerns you have.
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