Sometimes you get the biggest shock of your life not from the brutally cold winter months but from the utility bills you have to pay for keeping your home warm. Unfortunately, having a heating system is a necessity that claims a big chunk of your monthly bills. The question is, do you know of some energy-saving options to help lessen the amount you pay on a monthly basis? Say goodbye to skyrocketing heating bills by following these economy heating guidelines that will help you save energy which will in turn help you save money without the need to sacrifice your home’s warmth and comfort.
Any HVAC professional cannot stress enough the importance of proper insulation to achieve the highest level of energy efficiency. A home that is not insulated is similar to pouring hot water into a bucket with holes. Cracks and other gaps in the home can be a passageway for the heat to escape from the home. When that happens, heat is easily wasted and the furnace has to work harder to provide your home’s heating needs as indicated by the thermostat.
It is important to check for any hole or gaps in the house before the cold winter season starts. Remember that no matter how small a hole is, cold air can still go through. Check on the doors, walls, windows and make sure they are well sealed. Should a gap be found, you can use a sealant to close off the hole. You may also choose to add another layer of insulation materials such as thick curtains or even a thermal-grade fabric besides the existing curtain you have.
Insulating your home will definitely lessen energy costs and at the same time increase the life of your heating system.
Ease Up on the Thermostat
Here is a fact – for every two degrees that you lower the dial on your thermostat you can save 1% of the total heating cost in eight hours. Imagine saving about 10% of your heating costs just by lowering the temperature at night when you sleep and when nobody is in the home?
Just because you have a heating system doesn’t mean you don’t have to do anything and just rely on your furnace to keep yourself warm when at home. This can be a huge energy drain. Ease up on the thermostat and lower down the dial for another degree or two when you go to sleep at night. Just put on a sweater or add another layer of blanket to make sure you are warm and comfortable through the night. This simple step can definitely get you a long way in terms of energy costs.
Choose the Right Size of Furnace
Having the right size of furnace for your home is also key to making sure you get the most savings from your energy bills. If you purchase a furnace that is too small for the space you are trying to heat, this means that workload for the heating system will also be twice as much. When a furnace works harder, it also consumes more energy which of course increases your utility bills.
Conversely, a furnace that is too big for the home also creates humidity problems that can cause your unit to frequently cycle and eventually create more problems within the unit. Humidity problems can also bring about damages to your home and some of your properties.
To determine the right furnace size for your home, you will have to do some calculations based on the area of your home and other factors. The size of a furnace can be determined through its BTU (British Thermal Unit)/ hour input. If this equation sounds like a Rocket Science to you, you can always contact a reliable HVAC contractor to do the necessary calculations and assess the best size of furnace you need for your home.
Regularly Clean and Maintain the Furnace
You might be surprised at how much you can save on energy costs just by doing some regular cleanup and maintenance on your heating unit. If you regularly replace your furnace filter, you can save as much as 5% of your heating costs. If you have your furnace scheduled for a tune up, you save another 10%. A well-maintained furnace can definitely prevent major utility bills while giving you an assurance of a longer life and safer operation.
Furnace tune ups involve checking all of the important components of the heating system such as the heat exchanger, the burner, pilot light, and even the home’s ductwork. If you have a well-tuned furnace, you can make sure that your source of heat will make it through the winter without any problems at all.
Do Away with Useless Heat
You don’t always have to have all parts of your home heated in the winter, do you? Another way to save energy and money is to simply practice heating only the rooms that require heat. Here are some amazing ways to cut down on your utility bills by lessening the workload of your heating unit.
- Only heat the rooms that you use often. Keep vents and doors closed in any unused rooms.
- Do not heat uninsulated rooms as the heat will simply go to waste.
- Invest on a programmable thermostat so you can turn the furnace off or just turn the heat down when no one is at home. The programmable thermostat can be set to kick back up a few minutes before you arrive home in preparation for your return.
- Warm air can escape through the chimney. If the fireplace is not in use, it is important to make sure that the damper is closed to avoid cold air from seeping in and warm air from escaping.
- Also make sure to shut off the fireplace’s flue when it is not in use to prevent the air from escaping the house.
On the other hand, you must take note that you still need your basement heated as the basement can affect the temperature of your home’s ground floor.
Home Energy Audits
Get some Home Energy Audits done so you can determine which parts of your home is wasting energy and what you need to do to deal with it. Although Home Energy Audits are an added cost, the amount can be easily recouped on the savings you get from having lower energy bills.
There are many ways to save energy and save money via economy heating. All the tips provided above will certainly help you achieve your goal of lowering utility bills while making sure that your heating equipment works efficiently longer. You can also contact your HVAC contractor for more tips about your heating system.