Experts warn that colder temperatures and increased heating bills could raise Decatur energy costs by almost 50 percent in 2022. Reducing energy usage is one way to take the bite out of winter:

Believe in Furnace Maintenance

Many people don’t realize that annual maintenance can make or break a furnace. Industry studies have long shown that tuned-up furnaces perform better and use less fuel than neglected ones. Just one furnace tune-up can reduce breakdown frequency by up to 95 percent.

Increased heating bills can be lowered by up to 40 percent. Tuned-up furnaces can last for 30 or more years with exceptional care. Poorly maintained furnaces are lucky to last for 10 years. Keeping the air filters clean and changing them regularly can save another 10 percent.

Invest in the Most Energy-efficient Heating Installation You Can Afford

You can’t change home heating prices. However, you can reduce fuel utilization with a high-efficiency modulating furnace. Furnaces with an AFUE of 95 percent can reduce annual energy costs by $200. A furnace with an AFUE of 98.5 percent will save you even more.

A new furnace installation can cut heating costs by up to 50 percent or more compared to an existing unit. A new unit eliminates the fear of breakdowns, and because it’s under warranty, you don’t have to worry about expensive repairs. Your home’s value may increase. Meanwhile, you’ll enjoy affordable and consistent heat.

Program Your Furnace for Energy Efficiency

According to Energy Star, a basic programmable thermostat can save you almost $200 per year if used properly. Programmable devices are inexpensive and easy to install.

Once programmed, the thermostat will automatically reduce heating output when the house is empty or asleep. It will then increase output just before you wake up or arrive home.

Tica, Inc. Heating and Cooling is a local and family-owned business helping to keep Decatur warm since 1967. Call us now to learn how our professional furnace repair and replacement services can help you stay warm and put an end to increased heating bills.

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