Signs That Your Heater Is (or Isn’t) Energy Efficient

Ensuring your heater is energy efficient helps you stay more comfortable on the cooler days of Martin County’s winters — and saves you money too.

Determining If Your Heater Is Energy Efficient

Your heater’s age suggests a lot about its efficiency. A heating system that’s older than 15 years has lost a lot of its efficiency due to wear and tear alone. To make matters worse, older systems were built to lower efficiency standards to begin with. A fuel-burning furnace with an AFUE below 80% or a heat pump with an HSPF below 8.2 doesn’t meet today’s minimum requirements for efficiency. You can usually find your heater’s efficiency rating on the equipment itself or by looking up the model number online.

If your heating bills are steadily increasing for no clear reason, your system needs repairs more and more often, your home takes longer to warm up than it used to, or you notice cold spots around the house, there’s a good chance your heating system is no longer energy efficient.

A yellow, orang, or flickering gas flame is an indication your system isn’t burning fuel efficiently and could be at risk for leaking. Your gas burner should have a strong blue flame. If yours doesn’t, contact an HVAC technician as soon as possible.

Helping Your Heater Be Energy Efficient

A furnace or heat pump more than 15 years old or one that’s in frequent need of repairs is nearing the end of its life, so there’s little you can do to improve its efficiency. Upgrading to a new, more energy-efficient heater will reward you with more reliable heating, lower bills, and fewer repair headaches.

To help out a newer system, weatherize your home with insulation and air sealing. Insulate your ductwork to ensure that warmth from your furnace reaches all your rooms efficiently. Change your air filter on schedule to promote efficient airflow. Install a programmable thermostat to avoid wasting energy heating when no one’s home.

For help heating your home efficiently, contact us at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating in Martin, Palm Beach, and Indian River counties.

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