Maybe you’re not thinking about heating your home this fall and winter quite yet, but we’re sure you won’t mind some tips on how to save money when you get around to it.
Heating (and cooling) inefficiencies are a major source of wasted energy in your home. According to the United States Department of Energy, heating and cooling account for 56 percent of the energy used in a typical home. By improving the efficiency of your heating system, you can waste less energy and make your house less expensive to heat. Bonus: an efficient heat system also helps the environment.
Consider a furnace inspection and tune up
By having a professional furnace inspection and tune up, you can make sure your system runs at its maximum efficiency. Additionally, this can prevent any minor issues from escalating into bigger (and more expensive) problems. If you’re looking for a Baltimore heating company to perform a furnace inspection and tune up, All Seasons Heating & Cooling will check for any possible issues with your furnace, lubricate joints, tighten loose screws and more.
Replace furnace filters
Just like AC filters, you should replace furnace filters every one to three months. Clogged or dirty filters prevent your system from operating efficiently by blocking air flow.
Consider a programmable thermostat
You can save on your heating bill by turning your thermostat down at night and when you’re not home. Installing a programmable thermostat will allow you to do this automatically. According to the Department of Energy, installing a programmable thermostat and turning back your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours a day can save you 10 percent a year on your heating and cooling bills.
Make sure to install your programmable thermostat away from windows, doorways and direct sunlight.
Note that a programmable thermostat is not ideal for use with heat pumps.
Perform a draft check
Use a smoke stick or incense to locate any significant air leaks in your home. Use insulation or caulking to block the leaks.
Prevent under the door heat loss
Consider purchasing and fitting your door for a door sweep or draft guard. This will prevent cold air from entering your home and warm air from escaping.
Seal your windows
Covering your windows in window plastic will create an air tight gap on your window. This can help keep cold air out and warm air in. And since windows are a large source of heat loss, closing your drapes can help to block the warm air from escaping.
Consider replacing your heating system
If it’s time to replace your system, you should look into energy efficient options. For furnaces or boilers, check the system’s annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) percentage. The higher the percentage, the more efficient the system. Older systems tend to operate in the range of 50 to 70 percent, while newer systems can operate as high as 97 percent.
Additionally, heat pumps can provide an energy efficient alternative to other heating systems. Heat pumps move heat between the outdoors and the indoors rather than generating heat, using less energy to heat your home. If you’re looking for a Baltimore heating company that installs heat pumps, contact All Seasons Heating & Cooling!
Consider supplementing your system
If you’re looking to increase the heat in one of your rooms (like your bedroom at night), it might be more efficient to use a small space heater rather than overheating your entire house. Make sure to follow the safety guidelines for your space heater, as they can result in fire and injury.