Posted: October 24, 2022 by Hey Neighbor
Living life without gas and electricity seems almost unimaginable these days. From lighting and heating our homes to keeping them cool, we need a lot of power for everything we do each day. However, when we misuse energy, our utility bills spike, and sometimes much higher than expected. Here are eight common mistakes to avoid and keep your utility bills in check year-round.
An inefficient HVAC system will inflate your energy bills when the weather cools off, especially in the fall and winter here in Northeast Ohio. All too often, this inefficiency is due to a dirty air filter. Over time, your air filter captures dust, dirt, lint, pollen, and other pollutants, making your HVAC system work considerably harder than it should. We recommend replacing your air filter every 30-60 days to ensure your system continues running at maximum efficiency.
Most homeowners devote much thought to air leaks, but don't underestimate how much energy your home may lose due to leaky ductwork and drafty windows and doors. Inspect these problem areas to identify leaks and resolve them. A candle or lighter flame's flicker will show you places that air is going where it shouldn't. Once you've discovered a leak, use caulk, tape, or weatherstripping to seal it up tight.
Along with plugging leaks, our wildly unpredictable climate here in Ohio makes it essential to ensure that your home is very well-insulated to keep the heated air inside where you can enjoy it. Our neighborly experts recommend insulating your roof and wall spaces with spray foam, and blown fiberglass (that fluffy stuff) in your attic to prevent leakage.
All of the appliances in your home continue to draw power even after they are turned off. This phantom power usage adds up over time and inflates your utility bill. We recommend unplugging devices like coffee makers, chargers, HDTVs, and other electronics when not in use, or using a power strip that allows you to turn everything off fully when you aren't using them.
No, cranking up the thermostat temperature won't heat your home any faster, so please, don't do it! It won't make a difference in how quickly your home warms up. Instead, your furnace will end up running longer, translating to a spike in your energy costs - and probably causing your heater to break down prematurely, costing you even more money!
When you're away from home at work most of the day or you're off on vacation, don't use your furnace as if you were lounging on the couch at home. Instead, turn the heat down a bit when you leave, then back up to normal when you return. Or, better yet, consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat, which can make those energy-sipping home/away adjustments in temperature all by itself!
It may seem to make great sense to close the vents in unoccupied rooms to save some money, but this just isn't the case. Your HVAC system is sized and designed to supply even heating throughout your house, and it won't work efficiently if you disrupt the balance by closing the vents. The extra air pressure can overwork your furnace and potentially cause a breakdown. Keep 'em open!
This is a big one. We mean really big. If you run your HVAC system without having seasonal maintenance performed, it won't heat your home as efficiently as it should, causing a jump in your energy bills. (And it'll probably need replacing before it would otherwise.) We recommend scheduling seasonal maintenance at least twice a year - once in the spring for your central AC, and again in the fall for your furnace, to ensure that your heating and cooling system runs optimally throughout the year.
Kiss those spiking energy bills goodbye and say hello to our neighborly team of professionals here at Hey Neighbor Heating & Cooling! We're always ready and happy to perform seasonal system maintenance or install a new programmable thermostat in your home to help keep your utility bills as low as possible.
Ready to save on energy bills? Today is the day you start saving! Call Hey Neighbor Heating & Cooling at 330-262-4100, and let us put your home on the path to maximum efficiency.
We're committed to providing fast friendly emergency service 24 hours a day 7 days a week for residential heating and air conditioning systems in Wooster, Millersburg and the surrounding areas.
Our 24-hour emergency on-call service means you'll never have to go through another cold winter night or a hot, humid summer day. We service residents of Wayne and Holmes counties with no after-hours or overtime fees, so you'll never have to worry about paying extra because your furnace or air conditioner decided it wanted to quit on the weekend or a holiday!
Our service trucks are ready for your emergency after-hours service call with over 5000 stocked parts so you don't have to wait for us to chase down the parts you need.
Fast and done right the first time
We'll keep your Wayne County furnace running smoothly, and we service gas and electric heaters, heat pumps, ductless mini-split systems and more. Our local, licensed, friendly HVAC technicians drive fully-stocked service vans so when we troubleshoot your Holmes County HVAC system and find a faulty part, we can replace it right then! Whatever you need in the area of heating and cooling repair in Wooster, Millersburg, and the surrounding areas, we've got you covered!
The right system for your home
Whether you're a homeowner in Rittman who's in the market for a new, high-efficiency furnace, a mobile home owner in Shreve who's tired of baking in the summertime or you're a property manager in Dalton looking to replace old, temperamental air conditioning systems in apartments with new reliable units, our experience enables us to quickly and accurately assess your HVAC needs. You'll get the new furnace install and central air conditioning upgrade that's right for you.
Protect your investment
While we don't mind visiting your home for a dead-of-winter breakdown (it's what we do), we want to help you avoid that unfortunate situation altogether. That's why we offer affordable Wayne and Holmes County seasonal HVAC maintenance to reduce the future need for heating and cooling repairs. Our thorough inspections catch little problems before they become big ones. An annual HVAC tune-up by one of our expert techs saves you money, time, and stress!
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