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Are Your Heating Bills Higher Than Ever? Let’s Find Out Why!


You’re probably looking for ways you can save money this year. If you’ve noticed your heating bills are much higher than normal, that’s a good place to start with saving. You need a heating system to run regularly during the winter, but you might be paying more to heat the home than necessary. 

Below we’re going to look at several heating services in Dickson, TN that can help you lower heating costs—our technicians can discover the source of those increased bills and get it fixed!

The age of the heater may be a major factor

If your heater is at or over its estimated service life, then we’re unsurprised that you’re encountering steeper costs. A heating system can keep about 95% of its original efficiency rating through most of its life. Its last one to two years is when efficiency will begin to fall, causing heating costs to rise. 

If you use a gas furnace, 15 years is the point to consider a replacement. If your furnace is this age or older, the increase in heating costs is probably connected to the furnace’s advanced age. We recommend getting a new furnace, as it will make a significant difference in your heating bills, especially if you invest in a high-efficiency condensing furnace. An electric furnace can last around 20–25 years, and heat pumps for 10–15 years. 

You may have a clogged filter

This is one of the simplest causes for a heater starting to cost too much to run. Thankfully, it’s an easy one to fix because all you have to do is put in a clean filter. People often forget to change the filter every one to three months, leading to this problem. Get yourself in the habit of routine filter changes and you’ll enjoy lower cooling costs. 

The ductwork has air leaks

This is a common source of high energy bills. It’s difficult to notice at first because you can’t see most of the ductwork in a house. Air leaks in the ducts allows heated air to escape to closed off sections of the house, like the attic. Do you want to pay money to heat the attic? Of course not, but that’s what duct leaks will do. Up to 30% of the air inside the ducts you’ve already paid to heat can go to waste this way. 

Our technicians can perform air duct testing on the ventilation system. We can determine if you have leaking ducts, how bad the problem is, and the best way to repair it. We offer the duct repairs to solve this problem.

The thermostat needs to be repaired/replaced

A faulty thermostat can cause your heater to work incorrectly: it can force it to run longer than necessary or to turn on and off frequently. Our team can inspect the thermostat to see if it can be repaired. In some cases, the best solution is to replace an old thermostat with an upgraded unit that not only will work correctly, but also comes with features that make it easier for you to run the heater at its highest efficiency. 

Call David Brown Heating & Cooling, LLC for the heating help you need in Dickson, TN. A Name You Can Trust!

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