Temperatures Are Cooling Down, But the Heating Bills May Go Up

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It is that time of year again.
Where the days are getting darker and the temperatures are close to freezing.
And you might want to turn on the heat if you haven’t already. 
 
Temperatures have been warm for this time of year, and now they’re decreasing, as there is snow in the forecast.
 
Meaning, if you haven’t turned on the heat yet, now is the time to do so.
 
When you turn on the heat, there is a chance that a few noises can be
made, and some are better than others.
 
Greg Zenker, a commercial manager says, “If you hear banging or clanging, you may have expansion, in your duct work because of heating expansion and contraction, so you might have a tinging sound.”
 
And that tinging sound is not a bad sign. 
 
Greg says that from the roof to ceiling, the inside house temperature
can vary by ten degrees.
With it being warmer along the ceiling.
But there are ways to keep in the heat such as insulation.
 
“It’s tough to add insulation to an exterior wall now because its all done without a major home remodel. But in the attic if you only have 6, 8, 9 inches of insulation, you can add another foot in there that is going to help reduce you’re energy costs, ” says Zenker. 
 
Another way to save on energy and money is to turn down the thermostat.
 
Zenker adds, “On average for every degree that, it’s usually a 5% savings
in fuel costs.”
 
Gas may seem cheap now when paying the bills, but that will change in the winter months.  
 
Greg Zenker, “For your gas prices, natural gas is relatively low right now, but you haven’t been using it because its been 75 degrees outside. But you will see an increase in your gas prices, once the heating season is in full swing,” says Zenker.
 
It is best to turn on the heat today or tomorrow to make sure the
heater gets up to 70 degrees before the cooler temperatures come later
this week.
 
And always be sure keep heating vents open and away from curtains and furniture.
To prevent any fires from occurring. 
 

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