As the winter temperature take a nosedive, your utility bills can skyrocket. If you don’t remember your bills being this high in previous years, or you are in a new home this year, there are some steps you can take to make sure your heating unit is not working overtime unnecessarily. Your heating and cooling experts in Greeley at Comfort By Nature have some tips for you to make sure you are not spending too much on your heating bills.

Have You Changed your Filters Lately?

Your filter is an important part of your heating and cooling system. It needs to be changed regularly. When the filter is filled with dust, hair and other filtered debris, it causes friction for the air that is passing through it. Increased friction calls for increased power to push the air through the filter and this quickly translates into increased bills. Depending on your home, you need to change your filter every 4 to six weeks. You should at least check them that often. If you have a heavily shedding pet, or multiple pets, definitely changed them frequently

Are You Using the Best Filters?

You can buy simple filters in packs of three of four, and yes you’ll save money at the cash register with this choice, but if you want the cleanest air possible and to take the edge off of your utility bills, skip the economy filters. The best heating and cooling unit filters at HEPA filters. These high-efficiency particulate arrestance (HEPA) filters filter up to 99.7 percent of particles of the size commonly found in households.

Have You Had Your Heating Unit Serviced Lately?

Just as your car gets better milage when it has been serviced, so too does your furnace or heat pump work more efficiently when it has had regular maintenance. We will check the refrigerant levels, pan and drip line integrity; we will clean the coil and cabinet as needed, check fan blades, check all parts of the unit including the control box, capacitors, all electrical parts, and all mechanical parts for wear and tear.  We will make sure all indoor and outdoor parts are running as they should be and this will help ensure the efficiency of your heating unit for the remainder of the season.

If you think your energy bills are higher this year and suspect it’s been a while since your heating unit check up, call us and we’ll come out and set your furnace or heat pump straight!