We enjoy a short winter season in Las Vegas, but we still need to have heating systems running during some of our evenings. During the time when you routinely run your furnace or heat pump, pay close attention to your energy bills. This is simply a good precaution for being able to tell if there’s something wrong with the heater.
If you are seeing a rise in your energy bills during the winter, and it isn’t because you’ve been using the heater more often, you’re probably wondering what’s causing it. There are a number of possibilities:
- Leaking ductwork: This is one of the most common causes for a spike in energy costs. In fact, leaks inside the ventilation system can account for losing up to 30% of the air moving through them. That means you’re losing air that you paid to heat. Fixing this problem requires experts to seal the ducts using mastic and metallic tapes.
- Clogged air filter: You need to change the air filter in your furnace or heat pump regularly during the year, or else it will become so clogged with dust and debris that it will restrict airflow and make the blower work harder—and cost more to run.
- Worn down motors: Both furnaces and heat pumps use motors to run. If the motors lose lubrication or become dirty, they will rapidly wear down and drain more energy. The motors either need to be repaired or replaced.
- Heater age: You may simply have a heater that’s too old to continue to work at proper energy efficiency. A heater’s life expectancy range depends on the model and how often it receives maintenance. A well-maintained furnace can often last 15–20 years. Check the manufacturer’s estimated lifespan for your heater. If your heater is older than this, it’s time to replace it.
If the rise in costs isn’t due to a clogged air filter, then you’ll need help from heating repair professionals. Never try to repair a furnace or heat pump on your own.
Lee AC & Heating Services is here to help you with all your heating needs in Henderson, NV.