The efficiency of your home’s heating system relies on many factors. As a homeowner, there are actions you can take to save money in the long run, as well as make sure that your home is warm during the cold seasons.
- Properly Maintained Heating System
To make your furnace last longer, it has to be regularly checked and maintained. There are maintenance steps you can do yourself such as changing the filters, and there are others that are best left to the professionals.
- Clean Area Surrounding the Furnace
The furnace is usually located in the basement, which sometimes tends to become a storage room. Make sure that there are no objects that are too close to the furnace that can obstruct airflow. Most importantly, remove flammable items.
- Assessing for Replacement
Sometimes, having an old furnace is becoming an expense at a loss. You spend money on fuel or electricity but the heating efficiency is no longer at an acceptable level. The first thing you should look at is the age of your furnace. If it is at least 15 years old, it’s time to check if it should be replaced. Other signs are when you start having unusually high electricity bills and when repairs become frequent.
- Choosing an Efficient Heating System
Some of the efficient heating systems include solar heating, geothermal heating, and heat pumps. Although they have a higher initial cost, the return on investment is worth it. Oil and electrical heating are considered the most inefficient because oil prices change and it takes high amounts of electricity to produce heat unless you have an energy efficient electric heat pump. If you’ve decided on replacing your heating system but don’t know what to use, contact American Air Heating & Cooling. They will help you choose a system that fits your requirement and your budget.