Energy saving heating practices range from homespun to highly technical. And for homeowners, achieving the highest heating savings usually involves a mixture of the two, implementing measures that wouldn’t be as beneficial in commercial settings and implementing some that would. Below, we list six heating practices that, when implemented together, will reduce your home heating expense for years to come.
Six Energy Saving Heating Practices that Will Slash Your Heating Bills
1. Implementing an Energy Efficient Furnace
Implementing an energy efficient furnace is the best way to ensure your heating bill drops for decades to come. Efficient furnaces distinguish themselves form non-efficient models, which convert roughly 60 percent of their power into heat, by converting roughly 80 percent of their power into heat, a percent age that could easily reduce your monthly heating bill by three figures, depending on the size of your home.
2. Implementing an Efficient Boiler
As with efficient furnaces, efficient boilers have a high power to heat conversion ratio, with the most efficient models achieving nearly 90 percent conversion. Inefficient models on the other hand, achieve roughly 65 percent conversion. If you think your boiler isn’t a part of your heating system, think again. It supplies your hot water year round.
3. Implementing Efficient Doors and Windows, or Re-Insulating Old Ones
Every home eventually needs new doors and windows. But if you want to reduce your heating bill for years to come, as well as add some instant equity to your home, the time to replace your old doors and windows is now. If you currently can’t afford new doors and windows, re-insulating the ones you have is an economic way to make your home more energy efficient for the time being.
4. Dress Warm and Turn Down the Heat
We’re not talking about turning your home into a cold castle, just inching down your thermostat by a few centimeters and making up for the temperature difference by wearing jeans and a soft sweater instead of boxer shorts and a T-shirt. Dressing warmer and turning down your thermostat is simplistic conservation method, but it works
5. Eliminate the Use of Space Heaters
Using a single space heater instead of your furnace could definitely save you money. But a single space heater won’t heat your home, and four space heaters probably won’t either. Instead of turning to space heaters to lower your heating bills, contact heating and air conditioning contractors to perform bids on installing a more efficient furnace.
6. Seal Up Leaks in your Ductwork
If you’ve never had your ductwork checked for leaks, contact heating contractors about doing a free inspection of your ductwork. You might be surprised by what they find. Over time, ductwork develops small leaks that let warm air escape into ceilings and walls, decreasing the amount of warmth that gets pumped into your living areas and causing you to turn up your thermostat.