As the coldest days of winter set in, you may be more determined than ever to maintain a lower energy bill and boost your heating efficiency. Fortunately, it’s very easy to boost the energy efficiency of a heater if you know what steps to take.
If you use heating in Calgary, our team is here to help. You are welcome to give us a call with any questions you have about heating or have us come out and do an inspection. You can also read our tips below for improving the energy efficiency of your heater and making tweaks to your habits.
Annual Heating Tune-Up
And the first thing on your checklist for improving energy efficiency is to schedule an annual heater tonight. You invest in tuneups for your car, so why not your heater too? Experts estimate that the average homeowner loses around 5% of their heater’s energy efficiency with each year that passes.
But annual tune-ups can help you maintain energy efficiency so you don’t lose it. Just think about it, without tune-ups, after 10 years your unit would be half as efficient. You may think that skipping a tuneup is saving you money, but it’s actually costing you more in the long run.
The best way to complement your heater is with the best accessories. And a smart thermostat is a great place to begin. Not only can you connect it to your Wi-Fi and control your heating from your phone, but a smart thermostat can do even more. It can also make recommendations for improving energy efficiency based on your own heating habits. If you install an Energy Star-certified smart thermostat, you can save around $100 per year on your energy bills.
Your heater has an air filter that needs to be changed monthly. You may even want to check it a few days early to see if it’s particularly dirty and needs to be changed sooner. It may not seem like a big deal to leave your air filter in longer, but it is. Dust and dirt can build up and block airflow into your system, causing your heater to work even harder to heat your home.
That same dust and dirt can also begin to enter your home as your air filter gets fuller and fuller. This dust and dirt can build up in your system over time, clogging parts and making your heater’s efficiency even worse. If it helps, set a calendar reminder on your phone to change the filter on time.
Ensuring Proper Seals
Energy efficiency isn’t just about your heater providing warm air. It’s also about your home maintaining that warm air without losing any of it to cracks and holes. This can include the seals in your ductwork, as well as windows and doors. Our team can help with ductwork seals, but it’s up to you to check your windows and doors.
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