If this week’s snow storm and frigid temperatures didn’t make it clear, winter is in full swing. If you notice a significant increase in your heating bill, it could be due to an inefficient heating system. Here are four reasons your furnace may be losing energy efficiency:

The Filter is Dirty
The most common reason for an inefficient furnace is a dirty filter. Most people don’t realize their filter needs to be routinely changed, so they leave the same one in for months, or even years. Failure to change your heating system’s filter as needed not only hinders the unit’s energy efficiency, it can cause long-term damage and pollute your home’s air. Depending on your furnace, the filter should be changed every few months but definitely at least once a year.

Your Home is Losing Heated Air
Air leaks are common in homes, and most of the time they go unnoticed. If your home isn’t properly insulated, your money could be going out the window – literally. Heat can be lost through drafty windows and doors, through the ceilings, and even your walls. To get an accurate idea of just how much heat your Connecticut home is losing, consider getting a home energy audit from Santa Fuel. Our BPI-certified technician will conduct a series of tests, and let you know how much energy your home is wasting and what changes you can make to prevent this.

Your Radiators Are Blocked
If heat is distributed throughout your house via baseboard heaters or radiators, keeping them clear of furniture and other objects will let the heat they emit reach the entire house. On the other hand, if you have a couch or drapes in front of them, it will block the hot air from spreading and cause cold spots in your home; not to mention the fire hazard this creates.

Your Heating System is Old
As heating systems age, they begin to lose energy efficiency. Even with a new filter and proper maintenance, a furnace that is 15-20 years old will not be nearly as efficient as it was when it was brand new. If you suspect it may be time to invest in a new heating system for your home, get it properly installed by the technicians at Santa.

For more than 75 years, Santa Energy has satisfied Connecticut’s energy needs. From heating oil and propane delivery to equipment installation to home energy audits, we are your one-stop shop to stay comfortable all year long. For more information about our services, click here to visit our website or call us at 800-937-2682.

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