There are no two ways about it: your home’s HVAC system is hands-down the biggest energy guzzler in your home. I mean, you can literally watch that electric meter on the side of the house spin like the Wheel of Fortune when it’s running, right? So, it probably goes without saying that energy efficiency when it comes to heating and cooling is something we are all interested in. Masters Heating & Cooling Inc. certainly is, and that’s why we want to make sure our customers have all the information they need to maximize the efficiency of their heating system this winter.
High efficiency energy systems can save up to a whopping 70 percent on utility bills, which means that the initial expense of investing in high-efficiency equipment is paid for sooner rather than later. Generally speaking, residential heating is done in three ways: heat pumps, furnaces or boilers. Of the three, the heat pump is the best bet for efficiency. Why? For starters, their principle of capturing heat and moving it from indoors to outside to cool- and vice versa to heat – is simple, yet highly effective. In fact, some high-end models can produce four times as much energy as they consume. Heat pumps are also more environmentally friendly because they use less electricity (not exhaust-emitting fossil fuels) and run less. And if you really want to talk about efficiency, geothermal heat pump technology takes it to another level by using the near-constant temperature 10-15 feet below the earth’s surface to heat/cool.
Here are some tips that will help your heating system – whatever it may be – to operate more efficiently:
- Change your air filter. Always the first thing on the list because it is the easiest thing to do to promote optimum airflow and greater efficiency.
- Purchase a programmable thermostat. Seriously, if you have not done this already, you should consider it. Programmable/smart thermostats can be set to increase or reduce temperature at times of the day of your choosing, such as when no one is home, saving you money. Smart models can also be operated from remote, allowing you to monitor your system while you are away.
- Seal your home. You would be amazed how much air that you spent good money heating escapes from your home via windows, poorly insulated attics and other susceptible areas. Inspect and seal windows/door frames and make sure you have the proper amount of insulation in attics and walls. A good tool for determining where air is escaping is having a professional perform a home energy audit.
- Keep up with regular maintenance. Your system needs some tender loving care from time to time to help it keep on keeping on. Regular inspections/tune-ups by licensed professionals will sniff out any potential issues and help keep your system running as efficiently as possible.
ENERGY SAVINGS AGREEMENT
Let your friends at Masters take care of your heating system maintenance by enrolling in our Energy Savings Agreement plan. ESA membership includes annual inspections/tune-ups, priority service and discounts on parts and labor. The best part? We schedule it and keep it on schedule for you…give us a call today.