What is Energy Efficiency and Why Does it Matter?
The term efficiency can apply to many things: materials used, money spent, effort made and time taken. In the case of home heating equipment, efficiency is most commonly associated with energy – or the fuel used to power the equipment that keeps your Pennsylvania household comfortable.
So what exactly is energy efficiency?
Energy efficiency, in relation to the heating oil or propane used to power home heating equipment, is the furnace or boiler’s ability to take fuel and turn it into usable heat. The less wasted energy – which are the emissions vented out of the home – the more heat you’re getting to enjoy, and that’s money well spent!
For example, if a furnace has an energy efficiency rating of 90%, that’s means 90% of the fuel is turned into heat while 10% is wasted. The higher efficiency the better!
Why does energy efficiency matter?
Since a higher efficiency means less wasted fuel, it’s helping in a few different ways…
- Homeowners are saving on heating costs since their fuel goes further
- Fewer emissions, or greenhouse gases, are being released into the atmosphere
- Equipment stays cleaner and requires fewer service calls related to soot buildup
How do you maintain equipment’s efficiency?
While it’s true that modern equipment boasts higher efficiency ratings, those numbers mean little if the equipment isn’t properly maintained. Over time, the efficiency of a heating system can decrease – but regularly scheduled tune-ups can help to prevent this.
You can also help improve your home heating system’s efficiency by following these steps:
- Clean or replace filters for your furnace at least once a month to maintain optimal airflow and comfort
- Keep warm-air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators from being blocked by furniture, carpeting, drapes or dust by keeping them clean and clear
- Inspect exterior vents, keeping them clear of debris and nests
- Install and learn how to best utilize a programmable or smart thermostat to help save on energy costs
- Check and replace weather stripping and caulk around doors and windows to keep out cold drafts and keep in the warm air
To sum up, if you want to put your energy dollars to good use, be sure to buy the latest in modern heating technology and keep your equipment maintained. Energy efficiency is all about saving you on heating costs! Contact us online today to schedule your heating system evaluation and discuss upgrading your heating equipment to boost efficiency.