Why would you think about heating efficiency now that the warm weather is here? Actually, spring is a good time to think through and evaluate your oil or gas heating system and how it performed through the recent winter months. While it’s still fresh in your mind and before you are busy with the details of your cooling system, you can prepare for a worry-free winter when the cold weather arrives again.
The US Dept. of Energy reports that heating accounts for 29% of all the energy used in the average American home. Planning ahead and preparing can put a dent in that 29% and make your home heating more efficient.
To get started, list your home heating needs into three groups: maintenance, equipment, and systems.
Maintenance can lower bills and keep you warmer
Annual heating system maintenance can prevent trouble, and it can also flag problems that raise heating costs. Add tasks to your list, such as sealing draft-prone areas, signing up for automatic fuel delivery, and filling your tank now before winter prices go up.
Inspect your equipment for proper operation
Check boilers, tanks, water heaters, and heat pumps for leaks. If any piece of equipment is more than 15 years old, it is probably not efficient. You can work with a local HVAC technician, who can also check your burner combustion, oil connections, and heat exchanger. Now is also a good time to install a programmable thermostat to have more control over your heat.
How heating systems connect determine their efficiency
Systems include everything that makes your heating work. Cutting down on leaks, installing multi-pane windows, and properly insulating are examples of ways to make your home more heat efficient. In the winter, keeping the thermostat at 65 degrees Fahrenheit or below and installing programmable thermostats will help. There are many ways to measure high quality and energy efficiency in your home heating system. Here are three:
- Upwards of 85% annual fuel utilization efficiency for your boiler or furnace
- Sealed combustion
- ENERGY STAR® approval
Our technicians are available around the clock to repair furnaces or boilers and to provide heating efficiency ideas.