Energy efficient homes are not some far-fetched reality. If you have become increasingly frustrated with having a monthly energy bill that consumes more of your monthly budget than you would like, now is the right time to make some changes.
Energy Saving Heaters
With over half of the annual cost for energy directly tied to heating and cooling, lowering the amount of energy that is used on heating will greatly impact your monthly gas or electric bill. By getting a furnace or a boiler that is rated with an ENERGY STAR, you will start saving money every time you have the heat on. Furnaces that have been awarded an ENERGY STAR have a higher Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency rate than others. A higher AFUE rating means that the furnace is more efficient in converting fuel and/or electricity into heat. Most furnaces that are awarded an ENERGY STAR are called “condensing-furnaces.” They are over 90% efficient and create condensate as a side-effect of their combustion.
Another aspect of highly efficient furnaces is the presence of blower motors, which are highly advanced air-circulating fans. Purchasing such a heating system may not be cheap initially, but the initial costs will quickly be recuperated by the annual savings resulting from the higher efficiency.
Other energy saving heating options are:
Electric heat pumps, which are by far the most energy efficient type of electric heater. Geographic areas that do not traditionally experience extremely low temperatures are more suited for electric heat pumps. They are not recommended in areas where harsh winters are prevalent.
Radiative Heaters. These heaters are affordable and a great option for heating small spaces that are not adequately insulated. Radiative heaters work by directing infrared radiation into the space through the use of a reflective plate along with a heated element.
Energy Saving Heat Controls
Saving money on your heating bill doesn’t mean that your home can’t be heated to the exact temperature that you desire. By using heat controls, you can program the exact temperature you desire in your home throughout the day – and night.
Timer Switch – Having a programmable timer switch is a great idea for energy conservation since you can set it to turn off and on at specified times of the day and night. This ensures that your home is heated in time for your arrival, rather than throughout the day when it may be sitting vacant.
Thermostatic Radiator Valves – For homeowners with radiator heat, thermostatic radiator valves are terrific for energy savings, since they enable you to shut off radiators in individual rooms, as well as alter their temperatures, as you please.
Energy Saving Best Practices
Monitor Your Thermostat Settings
One of the primary causes of a high electricity bill is that the thermostat is set too high. Thankfully, this is an easy fix. In addition to lowering your thermostat, you may opt for shutting it off completely when you’re not at home. During the day, when you’re out at work and no one is home, there is no reason why your home should be heated the same as when you’re home spending time with your family.
Don’t Block Your Heat Vents
The positioning of your furniture may be another thing that’s causing your high heating bill. When you have things like large sofas blocking the heating vents, you are limiting the ability of your unit to effectively heat your home since air will not be able to circulate efficiently. This results in it taking longer to heat your home, which in turn, uses more energy.
Schedule Routine Checkups for Your Furnace
Since furnaces are built to be durable, many homeowners don’t see a necessity to scheduling regular maintenance. Failure to do so, however, often times results in the heating system functioning insufficiently and thus requiring more energy to heat than before. In addition, failure to properly service your heating unit can lead to it malfunctioning and/or decreasing the life of it all together.
Change Your Filters Regularly
A heating system that operates more efficiently is one with a clean filter. Rather than waiting until a problem occurs, you need to remember to change the filter monthly.
Want more tips on how to cut down on the amount you are spending for heating? If so, contact us today. We have professionally trained experts standing by to answer your questions as well as schedule the much-needed maintenance you may have been putting off.