If you ever feel like you just can’t get your home warm enough in the winter, you may need to take a look at the efficiency of your furnace. Another indication that you may not have efficient home heating is if you’ve added insulation and energy efficient windows, and doors, and your heating bill is still way too high.
Ways To Get Efficient Home Heating
Consider these ways to make your home warmer and less drafty next winter:
- Upgrade An Old Furnace Or Boiler
Often the largest change you can make is to get a new, efficient furnace. If you have an old furnace or boiler, it won’t have the efficiency of fuel utilization that the newer ones have. Check for the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating. The FTC requires all new units to display their ratings. It shows how efficient the furnace is in converting fuel to heat over a year’s time. A rating of 90% means that 90% of the fuel becomes heat and 10% escapes up the chimney.
- Check For Heat Loss In Your Duct System
Seal and insulate your ducts to keep from losing energy from leakage around your duct system. Heat loss in the duct system can be as much as 35% if ducts are in the attic, garage, or other unconditioned space. Check for blockages or needed upgrades. Be sure that furniture is not blocking the airflow through your registers. Vacuum the dust and dirt out of the registers regularly.
- Service Your Furnace Regularly
Not only should you change filters regularly, but schedule an annual maintenance visit from your professional from Jennings to check your equipment. They can adjust your efficiency, check your safety, and prevent much of the downtime of your furnace.
- Add Insulation, Energy Efficient Windows And Doors, Air Sealing
Don’t heat the outside. Be sure you don’t have gaps around the windows and doors and that your attic and walls are insulated. Weather stripping around windows and doors can save a lot of heat loss.
- Add A Heat Pump
A heat pump is a cost effective solution for many places because of its high energy efficiency. It works best in moderate climates. During the heating season, a heat pump moves heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house. It moves heat rather than generates it. This keeps the cost much lower. If you heat with electricity, a heat pump may save you 30%-40%. You can add this to your home even in a cold climate. Use the regular furnace during the dead of the winter, and use the heat pump in the spring and fall.
- Install a Programmable Thermostat
Keeping the temperature turned down causes the furnace to run less, thus reducing your energy costs. You can have this done automatically with a programmed thermostat that returns the temperature to warm just before you get up in the morning and turns it back down after you leave for work. By turning back your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours, you can save from 5%-15% a year on your heating bill.
Contact Us For More Information On Efficient Home Heating
Complete a form today for an estimate or contact us with your questions. Serving Northeast Ohio for over 80 years, Jennings has your best interests at heart. We know all kinds of furnaces and can help you make the cost effective choices that will keep your home warm.