How You Can Make Your Heating More Efficient This Winter

How You Can Make Your Heating More Efficient This Winter

As HVAC professionals, we service everything from air conditioners and humidifiers to furnaces and air ducts. We want to give our clients comfort without breaking the bank with their monthly bills. However, if you really want to reduce the amount of money you’re spending on utilities the number one thing to do is to improve your home heating efficiency. It turns out that space heating is far and away the least efficient and most expensive part of your energy bills. We want to help you reduce that cost with these tips!

Why is Space Heating So Expensive?

Space heating takes up over 40% of the utility bills for most Americans. For those who live in the coldest states like Minnesota and Vermont, it can be nearly 60%. That’s a lot of money! The reason it’s so expensive is that heating creates energy and introduces it to the air in your home. To do this, most systems need to burn fossil fuels, which aren’t the most efficient source of fuel. Additionally, even if you had great fuel, it’s difficult to transfer all of that created energy into the air in your home. This inefficient transfer of energy is the main reason why space heating costs much more than air conditioning for example.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. There are steps you can take to reduce the amount of energy you use with your home heating.

Tip #1: Use a Smart Thermostat

Smart home devices are the future of so many technologies. The HVAC world is at the forefront of this with smart thermostats. These devices are a modest investment of around $100 which can increase your efficiency so much that you’ll get paid back on your initial investment in as little as 8 months.

Tip #2: Seal, Seal, Seal

A drafty home can destroy your HVAC efficiency. When the winter months come around, you need to do your best to trap heat inside your home. This is why you need to consider getting weatherstripping for the winter season. Weatherstripping is a simple, cheap investment that can make a huge difference in your bills at the end of the month.

If you don’t know where to start, buy a weatherstrip for your front door. It will look like a foam pad and will slide underneath the door where it can plug up the gap and prevent the cold outside air from getting in. If you want to do more after that, we recommend insulating your windows next. Consider insulation film or caulking any leaks around your window frame.

Tip #3: Preventative Maintenance

Your furnace is a machine with moving parts, even if we don’t always think of it as such. It will wear out over time and you’ll need a replacement in 8-12 years. This is why maintenance is so important. Replacing a furnace every 8 years costs a lot more than replacing it every 12 or 15 years. Implementing annual preventative maintenance can catch potential problems more quickly and fix inefficiencies that may already exist in your system.

Overall, there is a lot the average homeowner can do to boost their home heating efficiency this winter. This is so important because space heating can use up to 50% of the average homeowner’s utility bills! Keep checking out our blog for more tips and tricks in the future!

For more information on HVAC services and indoor air quality, contact Total Comfort Solutions, LLC at (509) 956-4764! We are here to help you navigate these uncertain times. The safety of our clients and our employees is a top priority, and we have implemented the CDC recommended protocols.

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