Effective heating is one way you can stay comfortable and healthy this winter. Unfortunately, heating costs can really increase your energy bill. According to Energy.gov, almost half of the average energy bill in the US is comprised of heating costs. While you can't eliminate heating costs entirely, you can reduce them. Here are four ways you can save money heating your home this winter:
1. Switch to an energy efficient heater.
Older furnaces tend to use more energy, meaning they're more expensive to run. Meanwhile newer energy efficient furnaces can save you money on your electric bill. When shopping for a new furnace, look at the annual fuel utilization efficiency rating. Higher numbers for AFUE mean the furnace is more energy efficient. The most efficient heaters have an AFUE of 90% to 98.5%. Once you have your new heater picked out, call an experienced HVAC contractor to take care of the heating installation process for you so you can start using your new heating system right away.
2. Install a smart thermostat.
The primary way you can save money on your energy bill is by turning off your heater when it's not in use. A smart thermostat is a thermostat that is programmable. This means you can turn off your heater before you leave for the day, then program your thermostat to turn it back on thirty minutes before you come home; your house will be warm and cozy by the time you arrive, and you won't have wasted any money heating your house all day when you weren't home. You can also save money by programming your thermostat to turn down while you're sleeping. The cold will give you a more restful sleep, and you will conserve energy.
3. Maintain your heater.
Heaters need to be maintained in order to perform efficiently. When your heater is clogged with dust, soot, or other particles, it has to work harder which can drive your energy bill up. Clean your heater's filter at least once a month and replace it once it starts to wear out. If your heater starts to make rattling or banging noises or if you notice that your energy bill is suddenly higher, call a HVAC professional to evaluate it as soon as possible.
4. Don't block heating vents.
Finally, keep your heating vents clear. Placing furniture or other items in front of vents can keep warm air from circulating. When decorating, make sure to place your couch, potted plants, and other belongings at least two feet away from your heater's vents.Share
24 January 2019
I know it can be difficult to make yourself think about getting your furnace running when the skies are sunny and the temperatures are hovering around 90, but it is the best time for you to think about your heating system. Getting ahead of the winter preparation game will help to save on the cost of the repairs because the need for furnace maintenance is usually at a low during the fall season. This blog will show you what you can do to prepare your furnace for winter and when you should hire a professional HVAC technician to take care of it for you.