A huge fraction of the annual energy bill for the average household can be attributed to home heating during the cold months of the year. While heaters consume a lot of fuel or electricity, there are some things which can worsen the situation. For instance, an old water heater, poorly maintained heater and air leakages in the air ducts can make the situation worse. To reduce home heating costs, you can implement the following measures:
i) Seal Air Ducts
Preventing heat losses is crucial in reducing home heating costs. Gaps in the HVAC ductwork can suck in cold air or allow heated air to escape to unwanted spaces. To prevent this from happening, use duct tape to seal joints and other sections of the air duct which may leak heated air.
ii) Turn Down the Thermostat
Experts recommend a thermostat temperature setting of 70 degrees Fahrenheit during winter days and a temperature of 68 degrees during the night. However, you can save a significant amount of money by turning down the thermostat to 68 degrees and 60 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and night respectively. Doing this will save you at least $100 annually in reduced energy bills.
iii) Reinforce Insulation
Your water heater can lose a significant amount of heat to the environment through poor insulation of the hot water tank and hot water pipes. Use an insulating blanket to cover the hot water tank to improve the insulation. Use rock wool or fiberglass insulation to cover hot water pipes. You can use duct tape to hold the insulation in place.
iv) Use the Right Fuel or Energy Source
Electricity, heating oil, propane and natural gas are the most common types of energy sources for home heating systems. However, natural gas is the most affordable in the country, followed by heating oil, propane and electricity in that order. When replacing an old heating system, be sure to select a hybrid or a system which uses the most affordable energy source. This will save you energy in the long run.
v) Service Your HVAC System Regularly
In forced air systems, the fans may become inefficient with time. Cleaning the air ducts and lubricating the fans will help to improve the efficiency and performance of the system. Be sure to hire an HVAC firm which has been certified by NATE. A typical service contract with a reputable firm costs between $100 – $400, which is peanuts considering the energy savings you will get over time as well as the extended lifespan of you HVAC system.
If you would like to reduce home heating costs as well as extend the lifespan of your HVAC system, consider working with an experienced and certified HVAC contractor. Follow us for more articles that keep your HVAC system running efficiently and saving you money.