With winter just around the corner, temperatures are dropping and days are getting shorter. As you start planning your holiday celebrations, it’s the perfect time to optimize your heating system for the season. Doing so will bring much-needed relief to your HVAC system and your wallet.
HVAC systems are one of the biggest energy consumers in your home. Because of this, a large portion of your energy bill each month is created by the constant heating or cooling of your house. While this may seem like an unavoidable expense, there are things you can do to improve your heating system efficiency. Improving your heating system efficiency prevents you from wasting energy, and reduces your monthly payment in turn.
Follow the steps below to optimize your heating system and save money this winter. Or, contact us at Hanover Supply Co. today for help with all your HVAC-related projects.
Insulate Your Home
Insulating your home properly is the first step toward improving your heating system’s efficiency. The insulation in your home works to reduce the airflow through walls, ceilings, roofs, and other external surfaces. During the winter, this keeps warm air locked inside and cool air out. Insufficient insulation makes your heating system work harder to regulate the temperature, wasting energy and increasing your electric bill.
Add extra insulation to any attics or crawlspaces in your home to prevent the warm air from escaping. You can also find and seal drafty areas that may be letting in cold air; particularly windows and doors which can be fixed with simple caulking and weather stripping.
If you have a chimney, this is also a good time to make sure the chimney damper is closed when the fireplace is not in use. Since the chimney damper must be open to use the fireplace, many homeowners forget to close it and continuously let in cold air without knowing.
Adding extra insulation to your home is one of the best ways to improve your heating system’s efficiency. The system will be able to heat your home more quickly; and with the warm air trapped inside, you can turn it off for extended periods without being overtaken by the cold air.
Lower the Thermostat
Lowering the thermostat is one of the easiest ways to prompt a drastic change in your electric bill. If you’re truly ambitious, you can set your thermostat to a brisk 68°F—the temperature recommended by the Department of Energy—for maximum savings. If this is too cold for you, simply lowering the temperature by ten degrees during the night or when you’re away can reduce your bill by 5-10%.
If you lower the thermostat when you leave the house for a short while, be sure not to turn the heating system off completely. Doing so lets the air ducts and the house both cool down too much that they will take hours to heat up again, using an excessive amount of energy.
Utilize Other Heat Sources
If you follow the step above and lower your thermostat, you may be worried about your home becoming too cold at a lower temperature. Fortunately, there are ways to keep warm without turning the heating system on at full power.
While your home shouldn’t cool down too quickly if it is properly insulated, you might find yourself chilly without the constant circulation of heated air. If this is the case, you can take advantage of other heat sources to stay warm throughout the season, including:
- Keeping blinds open during the day to let the sunlight in, and closing them at night
- Using your oven and letting its warmth heat the kitchen
- Bundling up with layers on clothes and blankets
Finding other ways to keep your home warm without turning up your heating system is an easy way to fight the cold while keeping your energy costs low.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Installing a programmable thermostat is one of the simplest ways to optimize your heating system’s efficiency. Modern thermostats come equipped with a variety of helpful features, including a scheduling tool that allows you to schedule temperature changes well in advance. Most models give you the ability to make different schedules for different times of day, or even days of the week.
Many programmable thermostats can even be controlled via an app on your phone, allowing you to check in on the temperature and adjust the settings as needed. While this efficiency technique requires some cost upfront for the programmable system and installation, it is well worth the expense in the long run.
Upgrade Your Heating System
If you find your heating system is still not working properly after following the steps above, it may be time to upgrade to a newer model. Oftentimes systems that are over ten years old can no longer maintain the same level of efficiency as newer systems, no matter what you do. At Hanover Supply Co., we can help you find the right heating system for you. With a large variety of industrial heating equipment available now, we are sure to have a model that is able to meet your unique needs.
By following the steps above this winter, you can increase the efficiency of your heating system and stop wasting energy. Plus, you’ll likely decrease your energy bill significantly—a welcome change, especially after the holiday season. You can even continue using these same optimization techniques beyond winter to keep your energy bill low during the warmer months as well.
At Hanover Supply Co., we are dedicated to providing our customers with the highest quality products. With our large selection of brands and products, we are sure to offer the equipment you need for any DIY project. Contact us today to place an order or for installation information.