4 Ways to Improve the Efficiency of Your Heating System

  Blakeslee and Son   Dec 29, 2016 0 Comments

Many homeowners spend time looking for ways to improve the efficiency of their HVAC systems and save some money on heating bills. Which is a good thing to focus on since the heating of living spaces accounts for 42% of all energy used in the home, according to the Department of Energy.

There are a variety of things you can do to improve efficiency, but the most important thing is to make sure that the warm air is kept in and circulating properly. Let's take a look at how you can achieve this.

 

1. Improve Your Home’s Insulation

Having a well insulated home is crucial to helping keep warmth in your house and slowing the rate that heat flows out in the winter. Making a small investment and adding a few hundred dollars' worth of insulation can significantly reduce your annual heating bills for years to come. There are several different types of insulation that you can choose from depending on your budget and heating needs. They include:

  • Cellulose
  • Cotton
  • Fiberglass
  • Foam
  • Mineral Wool

In existing homes, additional insulation is typically installed in the home's attic or crawl space, since it is the most easily accessible place. However, depending on your home's construction and your needs, sidewalls and rim joists can also have some additional insulation added. 


It's also important to properly insulate interior duct work to prevent heat lose through those pathways.


2. Seal Windows, Doors and Duct Work

Improperly sealed windows doors and duct work can drastically impact the efficiency of your heating system since they let the cold air in, making your furnace work harder to keep your home warm and comfortable. Here are a few things you can do to seal up those leaks and drafts (your furnace and wallet will thank you).

Install Heat Protecting Film 

Add a little extra insulation to your windows and sliding doors by covering clear plastic film. You can find this at most home improvement stores and it is relatively cheap and easy to install. Check out this video for some tips:

 

Replace Worn Weatherstripping 

Damaged weatherstripping around doors and windows creates drafts and lets in cold air. If you can see daylight under your front door, that's a definite sign that you should watch this video and head down to the hardware store for some new weatherstripping. 

 

Seal Leaks in Duct Work 

Take a few minutes to inspect any visible and easily accessible duct work in your basement or attic. Look and the corners and seams to make sure that they aren't leaking. If they are, place a mastic sealant or metal tape over any leaks to seal them up.


3. Keep Warm Air Circulating

Scientific fact of the day, warm air rises above colder air. This can impede warm air from being properly circulated throughout the room. But don't worry there is a simple fix, just turn on your ceiling fans. While this might seem counter productive, if you reverse the fan's direction it will disrupt the air currents in the room. The warm air trapped at the ceiling will be forced down along the walls.


4. Regular Inspection and Cleaning

It is important to have your heating system regularly inspected and cleaned by the professionals. We recommend doing this every year before you turn on your furnace for the winter. During the inspection, a knowledgeable technician can point out any issues you might be having with your heating system and repair them. They can also make recommendations about how to make systems more efficient and prolong the life of your equipment.

There are a variety of things you can do to improve efficiency, but the most important thing is to make sure that the warm air is kept in and circulating properly. Let's take a look at how you can achieve this.

 

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