Temperatures are falling, and the cost of heating your home is rising. From the October 28th edition of the Star Tribune, “CenterPoint Energy, Minnesota’s largest natural gas utility, proposed a rate increase Monday that would raise its average residential customer’s bill by 8.7%”.
Preventive maintenance is often overlooked as a cost-saving resource for families, yet it is the first and simplest way to minimize your energy costs. Simply put, routine maintenance ensures your system is running at maximum efficiency! And the process can help detect and correct a potential problem before it turns into a system failure in the middle of the winter.
No Time (or Money) to Waste
Temperatures drop during the most expensive seasons for families. Holiday meals, gift buying and social activities add up quickly, and sustainable saving options can be limited. One of the best ways to save all year long is by making sure your home is working for you and your family, not against you during the times when you need it most. Preventive maintenance saves you time, frustration, and money through peak performance, and provides the peace of mind that comes from knowing your systems are safe for you, and your loved ones.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling your home makes up for roughly half (48%) of all energy use for families! Add that to the fact that heating systems that are over a decade old are, on average, only working at half efficacy, and it’s easy to see how expenses add up when routine maintenance is neglected. Through strategic care, systems work at peak performance, resulting in consistent utility savings by 30%, which is why preventive maintenance is an essential part of an efficiently run home, or business.
Scheduled maintenance is affordable and will save you utility costs in the future. That alone is a draw for many. However, the benefits of an expertly maintained system reach far beyond significant savings, as they can also protect the health of your family through improved comfort, regulated temperatures, and air quality. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that air quality inside could be more hazardous to those with breathing conditions than open-air environments. In winter, we’re subjected to much more time inside than other seasons, and clean air is essential.
Always in Season
At Owens, we pride ourselves on our commitment to quality and community, and recommend seasonal preventive maintenance for both the cost saving and performance benefits, especially as seasons with extreme temperatures approach, to ensure that families are kept happy and healthy.
As always, we’re here to help. Reach out today.