Energy efficiency can be accomplished in a number of ways. For your home, the simplest and most cost-effective method for improving energy efficiency is lowering your heating load. This simply means you decrease the amount of energy that your home uses for heating. Not only will your existing heating system operate less frequently, but you will also reduce your energy bills.
A decreased heating load will also maximize energy and cost savings when you decide to upgrade equipment because your new system can be smaller than the existing one. To reduce your home’s heating load, you can use a combination of the following methods:
Increase the amount of insulation in your home – especially your attic and exterior walls.
Install energy-efficient windows.
Increase the amount of solar gain by letting the maximum amount of sunlight in during the day (keep shades and curtains open).
Perform routine maintenance on your heating system.
Turn your thermostat down when you are sleeping or away from home. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can set it to turn down automatically.
Reduce your hot water usage. Take shorter showers, wash your clothes in cold water and run the dishwasher only when it is full.
Use energy-efficient lighting systems.
Control ventilation to improve comfort and save energy.
Most homes can benefit from at least one of the above methods, which will also reduce your impact on the environment. A professional HVAC contractor can provide detailed information on the best way to reduce the heating load in your home, as well as the best HVAC system to install.
For questions about your home’s heating load and upgrading to a new HVAC system, contact us at Pipe Works Services Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about energy savings and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ and the surrounding areas.