Could Your Heating Be More Efficient?

When it comes to heating your home, there are a number of concerns that you need to keep in mind. You want to make sure that your heater can work quickly and keep your home warm, but you also want to make sure that you get the most bang for your buck. In order to help you out with the latter point, here are a number of ways to increase the efficiency of your heating:

What is the best type of energy for the job?

If you are thinking about getting a new heater in the future or are planning on moving, then you definitely want to consider which type of energy is most efficient for you. In some cases, this is a simple case of comparing costs, but you might also live in an area that just doesn't have reliable access to certain types of energy. If you are dealing with an area that has frequent power outages, can you handle several hours without heating? Depending on the weather involved and the level of insulation that your home has, this could be far too long.

If you are dealing with a remote area that doesn't have reliable and easy access to a municipal power grid, then you might want to go for propane and heating oil, both of which can be stored up in large containers. If you want to use wood for heating, then you should know that it has very poor efficiency when comparing volume to heating power.

Is an upgrade a good idea?

If you have an old heater or if your heater has been giving you problems, then an upgrade could save you a ton of money in the long run. More specifically, if your repair costs have been pretty high lately, then the cost of maintaining your old unit could be holding you back from your home's full potential. When considering these costs, make sure that you think about the time that you have invested in diagnosing and worrying about the problem in addition to the flat monetary cost of repairs. If you have had to spend an hour or two to fix problems with your heater every winter, then that could add up to a lot of wasted time, especially if you have needed to call a professional repair service more than once.

The average cost of a new furnace is around $2,000, with gas units costing a bit more and electric units costing a bit less. This may seem like a high number, but the average cost of a furnace repair is around $250. This means that if you have needed to get four separate repairs over the course of your furnace's lifetime, then you have paid for half of a brand new furnace. If you add on the number of hours that you have spent tinkering around with the furnace, perhaps at a couple of hours per year, then you could easily end up having spent 20-30 hours of your own time over the course of a decade. How much you value your own time is a very subjective matter, but it's pretty easy to see how a new furnace could end up costing you less money than maintaining your old heater. 

To learn more, contact a company like Staley Mechanicals