In a recent blog post, we talked about how neglecting repair needs would be a disservice to your heating system’s efficiency, as would skipping maintenance. It’s fine to know what not to do, but as chillier temperatures carry on and we still use our heaters quite frequently, you’d probably like to know what to do to boost efficiency, and therefore save money this time of the year.
The good news is, we have 4 ways you can in fact boost your heater’s efficiency, resulting in a more reliable and more effective heating system. Our heating seasons can last beyond the “official” fall and winter, so making sure you know everything you can do to boost efficiency and lower energy bills is essential to your wallet!
1. Consider a Thermostat Upgrade
Your heater’s thermostat—and by definition your air conditioner’s thermostat too—might seem like a small and minor component or device, but it has a vital job. It’s small, sure, but it is basically the “brain” of both your heating and cooling systems.
Your thermostat is the component through which you communicate with your home comfort systems, and upgrading to even the most basic digital thermostat from an old manual slider thermostat will do you good. Even better is if you upgrade to a programmable thermostat, or, the best of the best, a smart thermostat.
2. Utilize Weatherstripping for Drafts
The heat from your furnace or heat pump system can seep out through cracks in your windows and doors. Do your doors and windows close all the way with no problem? If you’re unsure or if you answered “no” to that question, then you are losing energy that you’re still paying for!
You might consider investing in weatherstripping in order to seal your windows and doors, ensuring that the heat in your home stays in your home.
3. Utilize Your Ceiling Fans!
This might seem like a strange tip—we’re talking about your heating system after all, right?
Hear us out!
Yes, when it is summertime, you use your ceiling fans to help better distribute the cooled air from your air conditioner. This allows you to turn the thermostat up a few degrees, saving money for your household.
You might be surprised to learn that this same principle can be applied to your heating system, simply by reversing the direction of the fan blades by using a small switch located near the center of your ceiling fan. Do remember, of course, when the weather warms up and you need to keep cool again, that you switch the direction of the fan blades back.
4. Don’t Skip Maintenance
“Wait,” you might be wondering, “I didn’t get maintenance this past fall—isn’t it too late now?”
No, not at all! Unless your heater is completely broken down and beyond repair, then it’s never too late for heating maintenance. We usually recommend it in the fall because this is before you need your heating system the most. But the truth is, it’s more important that you be consistent with this service than it is the time of year you have it done.