When you read tips about energy efficiency, they often focus on how to use your heating and cooling once it has been installed, but efficiency actually starts during installation. Ideally, you should have efficiency on your radar as soon as you decide to invest in a new system. Keep these tips in mind.
1. Choose The Right Heating System
The size of the heating system you choose can play a significant role in your long-term energy efficiency. If you choose a heater that is too big for your home, it may end up cycling on and off repeatedly. This constant on and off cycle can drive up your bills.
On the flip side, if you choose a heater that is too small, it will try to run constantly to warm up your home, and of course, that will also compromise your efficiency.
2. Consider Taking A Zoned Approach
If you don't use all the space in your home, you may be wasting money by heating the unused areas. To save money, consider looking into a heating solution that lets you set up zones in your home.
For instance, with a ductless heating system, you get a single outside unit that connects to multiple indoor units. Each of the indoor units has its own zone which you can control separately.
3. Look for Gaps And Leaks
When you're investing in a new HVAC system, you may want to devote some time to look for gaps or leaks in your home. To do this, you can hire someone to perform an energy audit, or you can look for problem areas yourself.
If you see holes along the foundations, doors or windows that don't close properly, or other areas where hot air can easily seep out of your home, take the time to address these problems. Expanding foam and weather stripping can help a lot.
4. Insulate Your Ducts
Inefficient ductwork can cause you to spend more than you need to on your home energy bills. Typically, ducts are located in attics, crawl spaces, or other unused areas. As a result, any heat that escapes is just wasted. To minimize this issue, consider insulating your ducts.
5. Hire A Professional Heating Installer
Finally, make sure that you hire a professional to install your heating system. Installation mistakes can lead to a lot of inefficiencies down the road. If you're tempted to do this project on your own to save a bit of money, remember that the short term savings may be canceled out by inefficiencies down the road. To learn more, contact a heating installation service.