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During winter, heating costs are likely to go up since everyone in your home must be kept comfortable. It is during this time that homeowners complain the most about heating costs. However, these costs can be kept low if only the heating systems were efficient enough. Here is how to know if your system is efficient enough or if it requires replacing.

You are experiencing higher utility bills

If you notice an increase in your energy bills, then it is likely that your heating system is not efficient enough. On the other hand, if there has been no notable increase in the heating bills, then you can rest assured that your heating system is okay.

Your system is old

Heating and cooling systems were not receiving Energy Star ratings until the mid-1990s. Thus, if your system is older than 1995, then you need to replace it. Also, if your system is over 15-years old, consider replacing it. Many people may assume that since the system is working, it is okay. However, it may be working but not energy efficient thus requiring replacement.

Your rooms vary in temperature

When you are heating your premises, the temperature must be consistent in the whole house. If you realize a difference in temperatures within your rooms, the distribution of air within your rooms may not be appropriate. The irregular distribution of air in the rooms may make the system try to compensate for the difference, which leads to an increase in your energy bill.

Your system requires frequent repairs

If you have to keep fixing your heating system, then it is not working as it should. Mechanical breakdowns result because of a strained system. Thus, the repair is not the actual sign of inefficiency, for it became inefficient ages ago.

We’re Barrett & Sons, Inc., we offer prime residential cooling and heating installation. We have many years of experience thus you can be assured of top notch service. If you suspect that your system is not efficient, contact us so that we can recommend an energy-effective system for your household.

3 Responses to “Signs Your Heating System Is Inefficient”

  1. Troy Blackburn

    That’s a great point you make about how the irregular distribution of air within different rooms may cause your heating unit to work harder and your bills to go up. I’ve heard that most heating systems should typically last for around 10-15 years, too, before replacing them becomes necessary. I’ll be sure to remember this great information as I check out my heating unit and see if it’s time for a repair.

  2. Amy Winters

    Thanks for pointing out that if the rooms in your house are different temperatures, your heating system is probably inefficient and causing higher energy bills. Last night when I went into the kitchen, I noticed it felt a lot colder than our family room. I thought it was inconvenient but didn’t realize that it was raising my energy bills as well, so thanks for pointing out that I should get my heating system repaired!

  3. Sariah Meagle

    Reading the higher electric bills recently as you mentioned makes me suspect that the heating system is broken. Since I’ve noticed the system is old as you pointed out, some repair services are definitely needed soon. I find that the rooms vary in temperature as well which you stated is a reason why I should look for a professional soon.


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