25 Sep Denver Heating and Cooling: Improving Your Home’s Energy Efficiency
Space heating is an area where a lot of energy—if used incorrectly—can go to waste. According to Energy.gov, it accounts for 42 percent of the energy used in an average home, and as everyone knows, higher energy consumption equals to bigger monthly utility bills. With this in mind, homeowners must take the necessary measures to enhance household energy efficiency. With better energy efficiency comes not only lower heating costs, but also a lower impact on the environment.
So, how do you know if you’re wasting energy or not? A simple energy assessment will do the trick. Energy.gov provides the following excellent tips:
- Check the insulation in your attic, exterior and basement walls, ceilings, floors, and crawl spaces. To determine the insulation R-values in different parts of your home, visit the Air Leaks and Insulation sections.
- Check for air leaks around your walls, ceilings, windows, doors, lighting and plumbing fixtures, switches, and electrical outlets.
- Check for open fireplace dampers.
- Make sure your appliances and heating and cooling systems are properly maintained. Check your owner’s manuals for the recommended maintenance.
- Study your family’s lighting needs and look for ways to use controls–like sensors, dimmers, or timers–to reduce lighting use.
What about your furnace?
Three main reasons prompt people to replace their old furnaces. First, an old unit may have been “red-tagged” by a gas inspector. Second, it may have simply stopped working. Third, the furnace could already be showing its age, with monthly bills ballooning as a result. If you do decide to replace your furnace, there are many options when it comes to upgrading to an energy-efficient home heating system.
Furnaces with higher AFUE
Look for a furnace’s Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating. The AFUE, which is described as the heating system’s energy-efficiency performance over a heating season, is expressed as a percentage and should be found in the Energy Guide label that accompanies the product. The higher the furnace’s AFUE rating, the better its energy efficiency will be. Be sure to ask a Denver heating and cooling expert about finding an appropriately sized furnace for your home.
How long do modern furnaces last?
The common lifespan of a heating system is two decades, but only if you have it inspected and maintained by a Denver, CO heating and air conditioning professional regularly. Skipping this vital step can cause your heating system to break down prematurely.
(Source: Tips: Your Home’s Energy Use, Energy.gov, Jul. 28, 2014)