Current trends are rapidly moving towards installing the most energy-efficient heating systems on the market. Engineers are constantly researching and finding new and exciting ways to improve upon existing systems to make them more powerful while using less energy.
If you are looking to save money on your energy bills, there are several things you can do this winter. If you install a new, high-efficiency system, your monthly costs will go down and rebates may be available. But if you aren’t ready to pay for a new unit and the costs to install it, you have other options.
There are features you can utilize on your existing unit that will increase its efficiency, whether you have a furnace, a boiler, or a heat pump. And if your unit simply isn’t running at top efficiency, scheduling a consultation and setting up a regular maintenance plan will get it running in tip-top shape.
To help you save some money this winter, we have compiled a few ways you can enhance your heating system so you can stay warm without breaking the bank.
Energy-Efficient Heating Solutions
Whatever kind of heating system you have in your home or apartment, there are changes you can make that will benefit you in the long run. The best way to decrease energy consumption is to make sure your system is operating at peak efficiency, and we have several tips to help you get there:
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats let you set automatic heating schedules. With this type of functionality, you can set your heater to kick on a half hour before you get home from work so that you come home to a cozy house without the heater having to be on all day.
But be warned, this type of scheduling may make you mindlessly heat the house when outside temperatures don’t require it—so be mindful with your automatic settings.
Replace Filters Regularly
Over time filters get clogged with dust and grime. For optimal functioning of your unit, replace your filters regularly. It’s recommended that you check them once a month during winter and replace them when necessary. Just by regularly replacing your filters you can save up to 5 percent on your next energy bill.
Seal Leaky Ducts
Poorly sealed ductwork lets heat easily escape your system before it ever reaches the rooms in your home. If you find you have leaks you can do several things:
- Hire an HVAC technician to either swap out and possibly resize your ductwork (a large, costly repair)
- Seal any leaks you can find with mastic sealant or metal tape (not duct tape)
Duct leaks are commonly found at connection locations, such as where your vents meet floors and walls. Fixing leaks will increase your system’s efficiency tremendously—you can salvage 20-30% of your energy bill.
Make Sure Your Intake and Exhaust Vents Are Clear of Debris
Some furnaces vent outside of your home, and heat pumps have an outdoor compressor component—both of these can get clogged with leaves and other debris. To keep your system running at peak efficiency, periodically check on these components and gently clear away anything blocking airflow.
Change Your Fan Setting to ‘Auto’
You can change your fan settings through your thermostat. If you switch your fan to on, that means it’s running constantly, even if your unit isn’t producing and circulating heat. Avoid the costs associated with constant airflow by setting your fan to auto, so it only runs when it needs to.
Let the Sun Shine Through
Keeping your blinds open to the sun lets in free heat! It’s minimal, but every little bit counts. And along these same lines, shut all your blinds at night—they will act as an additional barrier against any drafts leaking in through your windows.
Find Rebates in Your Area
There are plenty of government rebates available nationwide to encourage businesses and homeowners to install energy-efficient heating units. Rebates are usually applicable towards the installation of new units, but you can peruse available rebates by state at energy.gov.
Schedule Regular Maintenance
The best way to ensure you are using energy efficiently is to have an expert check on your system. Schedule maintenance during an off-season (spring or fall), rather than right before winter to avoid the busiest time of year for technicians.
Looking to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient? Pro HVAC Service Can Help!
Heating an entire home can be extremely pricey—make sure you’re not wasting your hard-earned money where you don’t need to be. Make the most of your heating system with help from professionals!
Pro HVAC Service partners with hard-working HVAC contractors nationwide who are ready to help you save money on your next energy bill. Whether you are looking to install a new, high-efficiency unit or want to set up a maintenance schedule to keep your existing unit working like a charm, we will find you the right service provider for the job.
For free quotes on maintenance or an install, simply fill out the form on the right or give us a call at (844) 769-5995. We will quickly get you in touch with the best local technicians so you can start saving money today.