Yes! Heating and cooling costs comprise approximately 40% of your energy bill.
Can I prevent damage to my heating system?
Yes! Proper maintenance of your heating system can prevent future malfunctions. The easiest malfunction to prevent involves making sure that your heating filters are well cleaned.
How do I properly maintain my system?
Consult the owner’s manual of your system to learn how to best maintain yourself. Regardless of your specific system, keeping the filters cleaned is an important part of unit maintenance.
How can I tell my unit is malfunctioning?
If you notice something is different with your system it may be malfunctioning. If the system begins to make weird noises, begins jolting about or has smoke coming from it, call a repair technician immediately.
What kinds of heating systems are there?
There are a variety of heating systems including: oil furnace, gas furnace, wood stove and solar heating.
What unit works best for me?
Each person will need to decide upon a unit that fits the unique needs of their budget, values and home.
What are things that I should consider when looking to buy a heating system unit?
There are multiple factors you should consider including:
How much do heating systems cost?
Heating systems vary greatly in prices. Some units may only cost a few hundred dollars while having an entire system installed, such as solar heating, can cost a few thousand.
Do all heating systems affect my energy bill the same?
No. Some heating systems, such as solar, are more energy efficient. This means that they use less energy and your energy bill will not be as high. On the other hand, oil furnaces are affected by current oil costs.
Are there eco-friendly heating options?
Yes! Solar energy can greatly reduce the energy required to cool your home. Less energy not only means a smaller energy bill, but also a smaller carbon foot print. Unfortunately, all systems, except solar, use some form of natural resource.
How can I have a solar panel heating system installed?
Solar panel heating systems will need to be installed by technicians from a company trained in the unique needs of solar panels, such as Energy Efficiency Pros.
Are there any government incentives for getting a solar panel heating system?
Yes, there are tax benefits for installing certain solar heating systems. Additionally, some states that have made a commitment to go eco-friendly, such as Vermont, provide state tax benefits and stipends if you switch to solar.
Should I inspect my unit after storms?
Yes. Storms can cause damage to units located outside the home. Additionally, you will need to check your solar panel after every snow and ice storm to make sure that snow and ice have not accumulated on the panels.
When is the best time to install a heating system?
It is often easiest to install heating systems during the summer, especially if you are having a solar system installed that will require a panel to be placed on the roof. Some companies also offer special sales and incentives for heating systems during the summer, since this is when heating system sales are the lowest.
Does the time of day I use my heating affect my energy bill?
It depends. Some companies charge less when heating is used in the off hours.
Does having children affect my heating choices?
Possibly. If you have children with breathing difficulties such as asthma, you will not want to use a wood stove as the smoke could affect their breathing.
How can I make my current unit more energy efficient?
Cleaning filters, increasing air flow in rooms by using fans and making sure doors and windows are closed while the unit is on can increase the energy efficiency of your system.