With winter approaching, many people are preparing to switch on their heating as the air gets cooler. Before that happens, however, it’s worth considering if your furnace can operate with as little wasted energy as possible. You may also wonder how to increase energy efficiency while warming the home. In the article, discover a few reliable ways to maintain a pleasant indoor environment.
A Guide to Efficient Home Heating
1. Install Insulation
Insulation helps slow the transfer of heat and stops the cold air outside from moving indoors. It can reduce annual heating and cooling costs by as much as 15%, which are substantial savings that can add up significantly over time.
If areas of the home are uninsulated, such as the attic, basement, or room additions, add fiberglass batt or blown-in insulation as soon as possible to prepare for the winter. Also, seal any leaks or openings in the window or door frames to keep warm air inside.
2. Replace the Air Filter
Over time, the HVAC filter will accumulate large amounts of dust and dirt, restricting airflow and forcing the furnace to work harder to heat the home. Therefore, replace this component before the heating season starts to increase energy efficiency during the winter.
If you or a family member have persistent respiratory conditions or allergies, a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter is a good choice. This item can remove 99.97% of all airborne dust and contaminants up to 0.3 microns in size. Alternatively, consider purchasing a washable or reusable filter to reduce your environmental footprint.
3. Get a Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats reduce energy consumption through various power-saving methods. For example, some can lower the temperature when they detect sunlight or additional heat sources indoors. You can also set these devices to maximize energy use only when you and your family are inside the home. Many smart thermostats also have Wi-Fi connectivity, so you can monitor your energy usage through an app while out of the house.
Get your furnace ready for the coming months with help from Jon’s Plumbing & Heating in Mount Vernon. With more than 20 years of professional experience, we offer the latest energy-saving heating systems as a Mitsubishi® Diamond Preferred contractor. We can also provide many efficient upgrades, such as smart thermostats. Backed by an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau® and multiple EPA certifications, we’re ready to help you save energy while staying comfortable throughout the season. Call us at (740) 392-5667 to learn more about what we can do for you.