If you're from a state that experiences harsh winters or live in a house that wasn't designed to keep toasty in winter weather, you should add a heating system to the home. A residential heater can provide the additional heat required to keep your family comfortably warm during those dreadful winter months.
That said, heating systems are one of the biggest energy users in many American households. If you want to make your home more energy-efficient, you'll need to find ways of reducing the amount of energy used to heat it.
Use these tips to keep your home warm enough while using less energy and saving money on home heating bills.
Eliminate The Air Leaks In Your Home
One of the best ways to save energy on your residential space heating is to find and seal the leaks in your house. The gaps and cracks that form in the attic and walls of your house, as well as around the doors and windows can allow air to escape out of the building, making it harder to keep warmer air locked in.
If you want to prevent your heated air from escaping and increasing your domestic energy bills, consider air sealing the home. Caulking and weather-stripping are some effective and affordable ways to make your home more airtight, thus minimizing its heat load and total energy consumption.
Re-Insulate Your Home
If possible, add more insulation to your home. The added insulation will help prevent heat losses through the attic and walls of the building.
If your house is under-insulated, the heated air that your heating system produces will be easily lost to the building's exterior environment. This will make it more difficult for you to heat your home efficiently.
Choose A Properly Sized Heating Unit
Although air sealing and re-insulating your home help to minimize the home's overall heating and cooling loads, they do not override the need to install a correctly sized heating unit.
A heating system that's too large for your needs will waste energy and money due to producing more heat than you require. An undersized heater may also increase your home's energy consumption as it will work harder and longer to reach the temperature reading set at the thermostat.
A properly sized heating unit will save you money on heating bills as it won't produce extra heat or struggle to keep your house toasty all winter long.
Finding ways to minimize the amount of energy used to heat your home should be an integral aspect of your home heating system design and installation. For more energy-saving tips and strategies, consult a local heating installation specialist.