Boone Heating and Air Conditioning: Warmer Winter, Lower Heating Bills

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If there’s a silver lining from last year’s cold wave, it would be the fact that it just saved you big time on heating costs.

A report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) states that areas affected by the polar vortex are expected to experience above-average temperatures this coming winter. North Carolina lies within the large swathe set to experience this unusual warmth for the next three months or so.

More warmth translates to less demand for heating, along with the forecasted drop in gas prices. AP energy writer Jonathan Fahey reports:

Lower energy costs give the economy a boost. This winter, some customers could see savings of nearly $800 on their heating bills, according to the EIA. Gasoline prices are expected to soon drop below $3 per gallon on average in up to 30 states.

Owners of heaters that run on heating oil will benefit the most from the double rollback. Fahey reports:

Heating oil customers will get a big break on their bills, both because of lower consumption and lower prices.

Lower global crude oil prices are helping push heating oil prices to their lowest level in four years. The Energy Department predicts the average price will be $3.63 per gallon, down from $3.88 last year.

The majority of electrical and natural gas furnace users may see a slight uptick in prices due to a shortage, but authorities expect savings due to the reduced demand. However, there are several ways you can maximize your Boone heating and air savings, starting with simple maintenance.

Among other things, you can conduct a thorough search of your furnace and HVAC regularly for leaks and other problems. Rather than attempt to fix them on your own, you may want to call Boone, NC HVAC companies like Mountaineer Heating and Cooling for the necessary repairs. Some problems may be out of reach of household tools, but highly trained HVAC technicians have the equipment and expertise to get to them.

With a warmer winter on the front, take this opportunity to lower the thermostat or turn the heat off when not in use. After all, a drop in temperature is estimated to cut at least five percent in energy costs. This early, upgrade your home’s heating and insulation features, from Energy Star-certified appliances to high-efficiency windows.

Only time can tell when the next cold wave will hit the country. Yet with prompt and adequate preparations, your home should be ready for the worst.

(Source: “US predicts lower heating bills this winter,” Associated Press, October 7, 2014)