Whether you are performing regular maintenance or thinking about investing in new HVAC equipment, you should understand your heating load and how to lower it. You can save yourself a lot of money just by taking a little time to calculate it and finding the weak spots in your system.
Savings from Making Home Improvements
Accurately figuring your heating load will force you to assess the condition of each of the elements in your house that factor into the measurement.
- Reduce leakage – Check window and door seals, exterior insulation and ventilation system
- Check lighting – Bulbs, fixtures and fans should be energy-efficient
- Use solar gain – Since Connecticut is in a colder climate, you should use roofing and windows to increase solar gain
- Asses electronics and appliances – Energy-efficient machines consume less energy and put off less heat
- Modify thermostat settings – Tweak the temperature settings to cut your energy usage
We have only touched on the concepts here but changing your behavior, upgrading your equipment and insulating your home properly can save you a great deal. Depending on the current condition of your house, you literally may be able to cut your energy bills in half by taking a whole-house approach, especially if your house is older.
Savings from a Smaller Heating System
Once you have lowered and measured your real heating load, you can save even more money by choosing the right size equipment.
- Never oversize; larger devices cost more initially and for operation
- Add a recovery ventilation system to recycle heat
- Draw in fresh air with quality ventilation for healthy indoor air quality
Smaller models use less energy to operate as long as they are big enough to supply your space. They usually have a longer life cycle than larger units and can be even more effective when coupled with a programmable thermostat.
If you would like to make sure you’re doing everything you can to lower your heating load, contact Glasco Heating & Air Conditioning. We have been providing professional HVAC service to the greater Hartford area for nearly two decades and have expert knowledge of the variables that affect your heating demand in this climate.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about boosting your energy savings and other HVAC topics, visit our website.
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