HVAC Tips To Keep Energy Costs Down While Keeping Your Bucks County Home Warm

In the greater Philadelphia, Bucks County, PA area, homeowners and business owners will generally start turning on their heating system in October and use it almost daily until March or April.

Pennsylvania households consume an average of 96 million Btu per year, 8%
more than the U.S. average. Pennsylvania residents also spend 16% more than
the average U.S. households for energy consumed in their homes.

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Consumers will likely pay record prices to heat their homes this winter, with a particularly big jump expected in heating oil bills, according to a recent report showing how a recent surge in oil prices could hit homeowners.

HVAC Philly, Philadelphia’s top HVAC specialists, put together a list of tips to help ease some of the cost of heating your home. These simple but effective tips can help minimize some of the energy costs increases typical of the winter season.

Black Out Curtains

During the day utilize the natural and free heat from the sun. Open your curtains and let the sunlight flood your home from every window possible. In the evening shut your curtains, preferably blackout curtains which do a fantastic job of keeping the heat in your home and prevents too much leakage through your window. H

Use a Heating Timer On Your Central Heating

HVAC Philly suggests programming your boiler, furnace, or heat pump to activate the heating about 30 minutes before you get out of bed in the morning. Furnaces and boilers heat up at a consistent speed no matter what you sent your temperature to.

Unblock Your Heating Vents

Although it can be tempting to set up your sofa right in front of your heating vent to capture all the warmth, it’s not actually doing much good for keeping your whole home warm. When furniture blocks your heating vents or radiators they absorb the heat making your heater work extra hard to heat the whole home. A harder working furnace equals a larger energy bill.

Insulate Your Home

Insulation is the best investment you can make in a long-term residence. Even if you go for more expensive materials and pay a hefty price upfront, you’re almost sure to recoup that money with lower utility bills over time. If you don’t have the money to do your entire house, consider one area at a time. Learn more about the types of insulation available, the areas in your home to insulation and more cost considerations involved in home insulation.

Keep Your Water Tank Insulated

For those that have a hot water tank, be sure that it is kept properly insulated. This will keep the water in the tank, warmer for longer, reducing costs.

Turn Down The Heat

You may be thinking this the OPPOSITE of what we are trying to do, however, research has shown that turning your thermostat down by at least 1 degree could actually cut your heating bill by almost 10%. Quite frankly you’d be surprised what your comfort level actually is. One degree is barely perceptible, yet it makes a big difference.

Locate The Draughts and Block Them Out

I know we’ve all had a grandmother or mother who made their own little draught excluder in front of their back and front door. This is not only a fun little DIY craft for you and your family to do, but it is also a smart way to prevent heat from escaping through the little cracks in the doors. Self-adhesive rubber seals around doors and windows and door draught excluders are fairly inexpensive and simple to install.

Upgrade Your Furnace Or Boiler

If your furnace is approaching the end of its effective lifespan,  it may be time to replace it with a new, more efficient model. If a lot of your money is going into repairs, or your energy bill is continuously increasing despite trying to implement some of these tips, it would be best to contact your local Bucks County, PA, HVAC specialist.

For more FAQ about your HVAC system, be sure to follow HVAC Philly Blog, for helpful tips and information related to heating repair, heating maintenance and services provided to the greater Philadelphia, Bucks County, PA and Montgomery County, PA areas.

If you are in the greater Philadelphia, Montgomery County,  or Bucks County, PA areas, HVAC Philly offers affordable, professional and expert HVAC services to commercial buildings and homes throughout the area. They have over 20 years experience and rated top ten HVAC companies in Philadelphia.

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Top 3 Reasons to Buy a High Efficiency Furnace

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Do you know how efficient your furnace is?  Most folks are happy as long as their furnace keeps them warm, but older heaters can be big money-wasters.  Whether your furnace is due for a replacement, or you’re interested in saving money, consider buying a high efficiency furnace.

 

We’ll tell you how a high efficiency furnace works to save you money, and we’ll give you the top 3 reasons to have one installed.

What exactly is a High Efficiency Furnace?

high efficiency furnaceA furnace is considered highly efficient due to its AFUE or ‘Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency’ rating.  Simply put, it’s a measure of how efficiently your furnace takes natural gas and transforms it into hot air.  AFUE is expressed as a percentage, and it takes the year long efficiency of your heater into account.  According to the DOE, a furnace must have an AFUE of 90% to be considered a high efficiency furnace.  Be wary of manufacturers who refer to their heaters as highly efficient without having a AFUE of 90%.  The minimum AFUE for new furnaces is 80%, and some companies will try to disguise their mid-efficiency furnaces as high efficiency furnaces.  Verify that your heater is highly efficient by checking the EnergyGuide label that appears on new furnaces.

 

Now that you know what it takes to qualify as a high efficiency furnace, we’ll discuss why you should buy one.

You Need a Heater Replacement :

 First of all, if you determine it’s time to replace your furnace, getting a high efficiency furnace is a no brainer.  You’ll have to pay a bit more to get it installed, but the cost will easily be recouped in a few years. If you have to spend the money to get a new heater, you might as well get one that will save you money.

Money in Your Wallet :

 Let’s say you have a 12 year old furnace operating at 70% AFUE.  If you upgrade to a high efficiency furnace with an AFUE of 93%, you are going to save big in the long run.  How big? Think of it this way, for every dollar you spend on heating, you lose $0.30 to inefficiency with the old furnace and only $0.07 with the high efficiency furnace.  That $0.23 difference between furnaces might seem small, but over time, you will save a significant amount of money.

Mother Nature Will Thank You :

Saving money feels great, but saving the planet feels even better!  With a high efficiency furnace, you can add Mother Earth Protector to your resume. A high efficiency furnace with an AFUE of 90% saves an average of 1.5 tons of CO2 emissions per year.  Can you imagine if everyone upgraded to a high efficiency furnace?

Buying high efficiency furnace is a smart move.  Just make sure you find the right HVAC company to install it.  An amateur installer will cancel out any savings you’ll get with an efficient furnace.  Also, efficiency doesn’t stop at the heater.  A large amount of efficiency is lost in the ducts. Be sure to have your HVAC contractor take a look at your ducts.

If you need heating repair or service and live in Philadelphia, Montgomery, or Bucks County, give the experts at HVAC Philly a call at 215-725-6111.  We have over 20 years of experience offering competitive pricing, free estimates, and unparalleled professionalism.

 

Stay warm my friends.