How much should you spend on home heating

Comfort in a home throughout the year is one thing every family would pay top dollar for, and it becomes a costly necessity when the vagaries of nature push temperatures to limits extremely lower that a human being’s minimum requirement for thermal comfort.

This is the premise on which heating becomes an expenditure item on our bills when winter comes, time to head to HVAC Direct.

And while the standard test is to ensure we do all we can to be comfortable, the home heating bill is a cause for major concern for many a family and therefore demands a fee questions around it, chief of those is how much that bill should be.

In all honesty, there is no standard figure that any ‘expert’ can suggest to you because of the subjective nature of this expense and the variables that it depends on.

In this article, we try to lay bare some of those variables that affect your home heating bill and how you can ultimately, cognitive of the factors, manage your expenditure in this regard.

1. Space in square meters
It goes without saying that a home with a floor plan of 100 square meters would require more heat than a comparatively smaller house. But are there any other factors that could make a smaller house expend more or similar on its heating to a bigger home?

Absolutely yes. Those contributing factors that can shoot up the home heating bill include convection, which is heat loss through surface exposure, air leakage through ducts, doors, windows, and other openings. Type of insulation used and the state of equipment used for heating also come into play in this context.

2. Preferred form of energy and its prices
This is an obvious determinant of how much you would spend to heat your home because the price of natural gas starkly differs from that of oil or electricity in different geographical locations, for instance in Europe and the United States.

3. Climatic or prevailing weather conditions
It would be needless to heat your home during the warmth of the summer or if you live in the equator region in East Africa and so this plays a key role in this determination. Winter conditions in Eastern Europe or Denmark, for example, would require much more energy to heat than it would be in the UK, South Africa or the US.

So is there a criterion or a guide that can then give one an idea whether or not their home heating bill is out of hand? There would always be a way or two through which to save on this cost and here is how:

1. Service heating equipment and check home for air leakages
Always ensure that the heating equipment is well serviced and in their best working conditions while ensuring that leaks through ducts, doors, windows, etc., are avoided.

2. Use a consistent form of energy
One definite challenge is to separate your heating bill from the rest, especially where the same for of energy is used for all purposes. But since heating is not a year-round requirement, it is easier to isolate its cost by checking the average expenditure during months you are not heating your home and when you are heating to get the difference.

While other considerations like inflation may affect your average bill, there should be alarm bells ringing if your heating bill surpasses the 22% mark of overall income, but if it is between five and 10 percent, then you have no reason to worry.