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Feb 10 2015

What's Making My Heating Bill Skyrocket?

Have these things checked to improve your home's energy efficiency.

Homeowner stressed about heating bills

Energy efficiency is a top priority for current and prospective homeowners. If you have the opportunity to purchase a brand new house, your builder is likely providing you with top-of-the-line energy-efficient building techniques and products. But if your home is a couple of decades old, your efficiency probably leaves something to be desired. If that's the case, have you been wondering what's making your heating bill skyrocket this winter?

There are several factors that affect your home's overall energy efficiency. The first element to consider is your home's insulation. The older your insulation gets, the worse its performance. Over time, insulation will "settle" and become thinner. Old insulation is not as effective as the new products available today. Plus, if you have ever had wildlife, pests, or water damage in your attic, those problems also reduce your insulation's efficiency.

Another problem that can diminish your home's energy efficiency is leaky air ducts. Your air furnace pushes heated air through a system of air ducts, which strategically deliver warm air throughout your home. If those ducts are improperly sealed, heated air can leak into the wrong parts of your house. This is especially a problem if your air ducts run through your attic or garage. Nothing like keeping your lawnmower, tools, and holiday decorations toasty warm while you shiver in your family room!

If you are interested in improving your home's energy efficiency, a good heating and air conditioning company can inspect your home for these problems and more. You should also have your furnace inspected yearly to be sure it's ready to keep your family warm all winter long.

You can learn more about energy audits, insulation and improving your home's energy efficiency by contacting Comfort Services at 803-772-4490.

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