Alternative Heating Methods That Will Save You Money

Alternative Heating Methods That Will Save You Money

The average U.S. household spends 41% of its monthly energy expenditure on space heating, according to the EIA. That’s a huge portion of your monthly utility costs, adding up to hundreds of dollars over the course of an entire year.

Think about how often you consider quitting a streaming service or cutting back on eating out to save money. Now, think about how often you contemplate reducing your heater use to decrease monthly monetary commitments.

Most of us don’t approach heating costs in the same way we acknowledge our entertainment luxuries; yet, there are many ways to save on home expenses if you’re willing to explore outside the norm. Here are a few alternative ways to heat your home!

Ductless Mini-Split

What Is It?

The ductless mini-split system was invented to fix a problem. No matter how efficiently you burned fuel in your furnace, there is still a 20% to 30% loss of heat from ducts, as they inherently absorb heat as it travels throughout your home. Japanese engineers in the 70s realized that there was a more efficient way to heat your home—without ducts and without burning fuel. Hence, the ductless mini-split was created.

This system uses two units, an outdoor and indoor unit, that work together to transfer heat from one area to the other. Ductless mini-split systems don’t generate heat, they transfer it, eliminating heat loss from inefficient ductwork.

How Does it Save Money?

Ductless mini-splits are some of the most efficient forms of heating on the market. They use electricity instead of fossil fuels. This is especially valuable for Washington residents! Our state has the third-lowest electricity prices in the nation! Due to the Pacific Northwest’s abundance of rivers and hydroelectric power, electric heating is particularly efficient. Adding that to the conservation benefits of transferring heat rather than generating it, and avoiding the use of ductwork, a mini-split system is a great choice for a family on a budget.

Take Advantage of the Sun

Your home is constantly being hit with free heating energy from the sun. While some choose to harness the sun’s rays, by installing solar panels, there are free ways to take advantage of the sun’s heat.

Open the curtains of your east-facing windows in the morning and let the sun’s rays warm up your home. The same can be done for western-facing windows in the afternoon. This can save you 10% percent or more on your heating bill.

Smart Thermostat Habits

Whether you install a smart thermostat or not, there are some smart habits you can employ to take full advantage of your system:

Lower your thermostat’s temperature at night. It’s fairly obvious that decreasing your thermostat’s temperature will save you money on heating costs, but you may not realize that doing so can additionally improve the quality of your sleep.

Studies have consistently shown that a nighttime temperature between 60 and 68 degrees is ideal for sleep quality. We recommend installing a smart thermostat so you have control of your HVAC system from any location, but if you don’t want to spend on smart home installation, place a reminder on your phone to adjust your thermostat before going to bed, leaving for vacation, or heading out to work.

At Total Comfort Solutions, we strive to provide our customers with the most efficient products at the best possible price. Should you decide to install a mini-split system or not, there are always ways to practice smart heating habits.

Intrigued by the ductless mini-split and want to learn more? Give Total Comfort Solutions a call at (509) 956-4764 today or fill out an online contact form!

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