What to do If Your Heater is an "Energy Hog"
If your wintertime heating bills are going through the roof despite your efforts to lower the thermostat, and you are sleeping in flannel pajamas, and wearing a sweatshirt or sweater during the daytime, you’re not alone. The problem could be that your heating system is an energy hog, consuming more than its fair share in order to do the job of heating the air inside your house. Instead of feeding that hog so much money, now is the time to take action and reduce the heating system’s energy consumption.
What Causes a Heater to Be an Energy Hog?
There are many reasons why a heating system may be consuming more energy than is expected. The most common reasons for excess energy consumption by a heating system include:
- Improperly sized equipment. A heating system that is over-sized will consume more energy than a correctly sized system. An undersized unit will have to run more frequently to heat the home. This will also result in excess energy consumption.
- Inadequate home insulation. The heated air may be lost to the outdoors if there are air leaks, gaps, and cracks throughout the home’s attic, walls, basement, and crawlspace insulation.
- Poor maintenance. A dirty air filter, dirty motor, poor lubrication, and other deferred maintenance may cause the system’s energy consumption to increase.
- Disrepair. If the heating system is in disrepair, it may cycle more frequently and consume more energy.
- Low efficiency. Older heating equipment may have low AFUE or HSPF ratings.
- Obstructed, loose, or dirty air ducts.
What You Can Do to Reduce the Heating System’s Energy Usage
While paying oversized energy bills is a hassle, there are many things that Jacksonville, FL homeowners can do to lower their heating system’s energy usage. These actions include:
- Scheduling an annual fall tune-up of the heating system.
- Changing the HVAC air filter every 30-90 days.
- Adding insulation and weatherstripping to reduce unwanted air exchange with the outdoor environment.
- Cleaning the home’s air ducts every 3 to 5 years.
- Replacing the old heating system with new equipment that is Energy Star rated.
There is no reason for a Jacksonville, FL homeowner to pay more money than necessary to the utility company. By taking action to maintain the heating system, replace outdated and inefficient equipment, and boost the energy efficiency of the home, you can again enjoy lower utility bills. For more information on what to do about energy wasting systems or to learn about our current specials for energy efficient home heating equipment, call us at Mike Merritt Heating & Air Conditioning any time.