Heating Your Home the Right Way
Here we are, amid winter once again, and in this part of the country, if you weren’t ready, it can be miserable, at the very least, uncomfortable. Maybe you had planned all summer to make get energy efficient heating for home or the best energy efficient heating you could for your business. Time flies though, and during the summer months, last thing on your mind is getting an energy efficient heater in place. However, you realize that it is costing you money by not having an energy efficient heating building or home, right? Not only in energy costs, but the tax credits you’re missing out on by the government! There are many options out there to become energy efficient heating electric, gas, or solar power these days, it will pay in the long run to take time today to investigate getting a better set up for next winter. For more information about an energy efficient heater for a Howell Township, NJ home, dial __PHONE__ to connect with Superior Comfort.
What uses the most electricity?
In almost every house in America, appliance and devices are humming and buzzing, and much of that is approximately 35% wasted energy consumption, that comes out to almost $1,400 a year. That isn’t good for the bank account or the environment. Heating service is just one of the many things you are going to need as a homeowner.
Since most of these humming and buzzing things are part of our everyday life, we just consider it normal and the costs are part of that normal. What you may not realize is the cost appliances and devices are costing you you aren’t using because they are plugged in. Here, we have listed ten household appliances, conveniences, and devices that are draining energy as we speak:
- Heating – the first thing you can do is install an energy efficient heater system, but we understand that isn’t workable for everyone. You can cut back on this cost by minimizing what it takes to warm your home to start with. Instead of cranking up the thermostat, use the other appliances that generate heat by doing what they are intended to do. Run the clothes dryer to dry clothes. Bake that cake or cookies. On sunny days, open the blinds, curtains, and drapes.
- Cooling – just like heating your home, if you have an energy efficient heater system, the cooling part of the system will be energy efficient too. Other things you can do is use other appliances and devices to cool your home, like fans and opening windows on nice days. Install a programmable thermostat and use the programmable features to set a higher temperature when you’re not home than have it preset to cool down before you return.
- Water Heater – set the thermoset at 120 or less. You won’t lose any effectiveness in hot water, but you will save on energy. Install aerators on faucets and low-flow showerheads. This will save you on electricity and water!
- Washer and Dryer – only wash and dry full loads, hang what you can to dry instead of using the dryer. Wash everything you can in cold water.
- Lights – you heard this growing up and it still true today “If you leave a room, turn lights out”. Install energy efficient bulbs like LED bulbs.
- Refrigerator – If your refrigerator is ten years old, consider purchasing an Energy Star unit.
- Electric Oven – use your microwave or toaster oven more.
- Dishwasher – just like the washing machine, use only on full loads! Turn the dry feature off if you will not need the dishes soon and hand dry them.
How can I save money on heating?
There are several ways you save on your heating bills, 12 of them are:
- Lower the thermostat setting can save as much as three percent in 24 hours!
- Seal up the chimney flue if you’re not using the chimney! All the warm you’re your energy efficient heater is creating is going right out the flue!
- Use ceiling fans to circulate the warm air your energy efficient heater is creating so it is forcing that warm down from the ceiling to where you’re sitting.
- Keep radiators and vents clear of furniture and other large objects and rugs.
- Clean the radiators and vents, air filters so that your energy efficient heater system can circulate easier and use less power. This also cuts back on allergens and dust.
- Check your windows if they are over 20 years old, it is time to replace them. If that isn’t affordable right now, place blankets or heavy curtains over the northern windows.
Seal up any the leaks around the house where warm air could be escaping.
- Add insulation to in the attic, basement, and walls.
- Seal around and insulate heating ducts. You’re losing as much as 60% of that warm air your energy efficient heater has heated.
- Place a humidifier throughout the house so the moist air it generates can keep more heat.
- Install air vent boosters on the vents to draw additional air for a room that the temperature is always cold or too hot.
- Install heavy duty clear plastic on the window will minimize the amount of heat that gets through the windows, a great benefit if you have new windows installed, and can save you as much as 10% on your heating bills.
What is the most energy efficient way to heat a house?
The best heating option is to have an energy efficient heater installed, but that isn’t something everyone can afford. So, making sure your home is well insulated, is air tight, and use the most efficient, inexpensive, or low-carbon energy source you can. In order of best energy efficient heater to least efficient, the choices are:
4. Non-Geothermal Heat Pump
5. Natural gas
What is the most efficient form of electric heating?
A heat pump is one of the highly energy efficient options for heating your home that you can get. An all-electric heat system is 100% efficient, the heat pump heater uses heat from the ground that heat your home.
Is it cheaper to leave heating on constant?
No, it is a waste of energy and a waste of your money to cool or heat an empty house. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends that when you will be gone for eight hours in the summer, raise the thermostat eight degrees and in the winter, lower it five degrees. Then reset it when you return. This is where a programmable thermostat comes in handy and will make your energy efficient heater more efficient!
Schedule an Appointment With Us Today
Installing an energy-efficient heating system and taking the steps we’ve discussed here aren’t just about saving you on your energy expenses. It will also help the environment, which is something we can all enjoy. Call Superior Comfort today at 908-596-0153 about an energy efficient heater for your Howell Township, NJ home.