As Winter is still in full swing, but coming to a close there are a few things you can do to make sure your heating system is as energy efficient as possible. We are here today to help you determine how to do so and what to check for. There are three main things that you can to do find out if your heating system is running efficiently, and if it is not, you can always trust the Thompson team to fix any problems that occur.
The Age of your Heater
It is unfortunate that home heating systems don’t last forever. Typically, the life expectancy of a heater is 15-20 years so if you have an older heater an at home inspection is always recommended to make sure that it is still working properly to maximize its energy usage. Replacement is necessary if your heater is too old. You can always find what you’re looking for by clicking here
Compare Energy Bills
If you were to look at your energy bills month over month, how much are they fluctuating? Obviously usage is a big reason for fluctuation, but throughout the Winter months when your usage is consistent, make sure to keep an eye on how much your energy bill is rising. If it is rising consistently, you may need to change a filter, have your system serviced, or completely replaced in extreme cases. Making sure your energy bill is consistent throughout the Winter months is always something to look for when you are looking to maximize your heating systems efficiency.
AFUE, or Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency is typically the best way to know if your heating system is running efficiently or not. It measures how your system converts fuel into energy. With an AFUE rating, the higher the better. If your heater’s AFUE rating is 96% that means that 96% the fuel going into it is converted into energy and 4% of the energy is lost. If your heater is older the lower the rating usually is and this is one of the key factors to look at if you need to replace the heater or not.
Making sure your system is running efficiently is good for saving money on your energy bill and avoiding disasters/emergencies involving your system. If you are to check all three of the tips given today, you will have a great understanding of how your heater is using energy and what your next step will be if action needs to be taken. If there is a problem, you can alway trust Thompson to have a solution.