With winter cold snaps coming soon, it is time to start thinking about the heating in your home. You may be considering upgrades to your system or improvements that can help reduce your energy costs. Some of the things you can do include regular maintenance or even adding solar energy to your heating system. Here are some of the things that you may want to do to reduce your heating bills this year:
1. Having The Furnace And Ductwork Cleaned
Throughout years of use, your heating system collects dust and debris in the ducts and even in the furnace. This is something that not only effects the air quality in your home, but it can also impact the performance of your heating. If you have not had your system cleaned, you may want to consider having a service clean the ductwork, boiler and furnace. This will make the air in your home cleaner, as well as help improve energy efficiency.
2. Integrating Solar Collectors Into Your Mechanicals
Solar energy can also be used to improve the performance of your heating. A solar water heater can be installed on your roof and provide solar energy to different mechanicals in your home, including your HVAC. If you want to get more energy savings, you can also have a thermal storage tank installed to store solar energy and use it when needed.
3. DIY Energy Audit To Address Air Leaks And Energy Loss
Another way that you can improve the energy efficiency of your heating is do a home energy audit. Evaluate your home for areas where energy is loss, such as drafty rooms or areas that are lacking insulation. Doing improvements to these areas can help reduce energy loss and make your heating more efficient.
4. Updating Thermostat And Turning The Temperature Down A Degree
Old thermostats can be another area where you lose energy in your home. If you have an old thermostat, consider replacing it with a newer programmable device. You can also turn the temperature down just a degree, which will not make a difference in comfort, but can help reduce the energy consumption of your heating.
These are some of the improvements that you may want to consider to reduce your heating costs this year. If you are ready to add some of these improvements to your heating system, contact a heating repair contractor to get the help you need.