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Are your utility bills unusually higher this time of year

This time of year can be difficult for many homeowners, working to stay on top of rapid temperature fluctuations and ensuring their home is prepared for the shift from frigid winter into warm and sunny spring. And the seasonal transition only becomes more tricky when higher-than-expected utility bills arrive in homeowners’ mailboxes. 

If there hasn’t been a noticeable incident that would translate into this kind of utility bill charge increase — such as a weather event or an unusual local phenomena — then most homeowners are understandably left searching for answers around what could cause their bills to suddenly spike. What is the culprit, and how can homeowners bring down the price before it gets out of hand?

Fortunately, there are some areas homeowners can check around the house to help find answers behind their rising energy bills. Pay attention to these spots, tips, and suggestions, and help bring utility bills back down to a reasonable level.

Check The Furnace Filter and Vents

The first thing homeowners should check is their furnace filter. Making sure this filter stays clean and clear of dust and debris is crucial for a home’s furnace to keep running without issues. As the furnace filter becomes more clogged, a furnace needs to run harder to draw in more air to keep a home at its desired temperature. Which means using a much larger share of electricity to keep a home warm in cold temps. 

Even with a clean filter, a furnace may still be running harder if the air isn’t easily getting to its destination. Homeowners should inspect their vents to make sure nothing is blocking the air from traveling through the ducts as expected. If the vents are blocked, the furnace will again overwork to produce more air to compensate, and homeowners will start to notice as their electricity bills climbs to cover the extra cost.

Check and Set the Thermostat

Homeowners should check their thermostats to make sure that they are functioning properly, and that their settings are set correctly. Constantly adjusting the settings can cause a furnace to run at odd intervals, or short stop before it can fully complete a cycle, which can cause spikes in homeowner’s utility bills. But if the thermostat is older, or if the wiring is faulty, the thermostat may be sending the wrong temperature information to the furnace even if the settings haven’t been touched. And if the furnace is working to hit an unreasonable temperature because the thermostat is sending mixed signals, it can cause major issues.    

Check the Home’s Major Appliances

After checking other areas, homeowners should take a look at the source to determine if there may be an issue with one of the home’s major appliances that’s causing a spike in utility costs.

A home’s furnace has a typical lifespan of 15–20 years, and as it gets older, it will tend to become less effective and more energy intensive to run. Additionally, older furnaces are more prone to issues and breaks that can cause serious damage to the unit, and can cost serious dollars for homeowners. 

If the furnace isn’t at fault, and depending on the utility costs that homeowners are seeing rise, it may be time to replace the home’s hot water heater. Similar to issues seen in older furnaces, older hot water heaters tend to run less efficiently, taking longer to heat up the same amount of water, or holding inconsistent internal temperatures. Both of these issues cause the heater to draw more power than necessary, which will end up costing homeowners more overtime than if they upgraded to more reliable, newer unit.

If you’ve noticed a spike in your utility bills, but are having a hard time getting to the source of issue, consider scheduling a heating and cooling inspection with the trained professionals at Duane Blanton Plumbing, Sewer, Heating, and Cooling. Licensed and knowledgeable, the experts at Duane Blanton can guide homeowners to the source of their issue and provide precise, affordable solutions to keep homeowners’ utility bills reasonable. Reach out to the experts at Duane Blanton today, at (815) 781-2567, or  consider scheduling online from your laptop!

Duane Blanton Plumbing, Sewer, Heating, and Cooling is proud to be a Bryant Authorized Dealer, offering top-quality heating and cooling options to fit the specific needs of Duane Blanton customers. The quality, comfort, and efficiency of Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems’ products naturally aligns with Duane Blanton’s drive to provide an exceptional customer service experience. Ask a Duane Blanton Plumbing, Sewer, Heating, and Cooling expert today about the advantages of upgrading to a new Bryant Heating & Cooling system for your home!


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