Is your old heating system killing your home's energy efficiency?
Energy efficiency is always a hot topic. You may hear a lot about weatherproofing your home, unplugging unused appliances, or even installing solar panels and batteries, but you probably haven't heard much about how inefficient your old, out-of-date heating system really is.
The federal government coined a term to describe the efficiency of a given "combustion heating appliance" -aka- furnaces and boilers. Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) is calculated by looking at how efficient the appliance is at converting the energy provided by its fuel source into heat. When you divide that by the total fuel consumed by the appliance in a given year, you get the AFUE percentage. The closer this number is to 100%, the better.
While the AFUE measurement may not be used to accurately describe all heating systems, it does highlight one, basic thing. If your system is inefficient at converting an energy source into heat, then it will require more energy to get the job done. Substituting the term "energy" for "money," you begin to see why inefficient systems cost you more cash in the long run.
Here are three signs it's time to boost your home's energy efficiency and kick that old system to the curb:
- 1. Has your gas or utility bill been unusually high this year?
- 2. Is your system constantly turning on and off?
- 3. Are there unexplained cold spots in your house?
While some variance in weather can be held accountable, if your bill has increased more than 25% over previous years, your heating system is likely to blame.
If so, this can be a sign of something called "short cycling". Over time, this takes a major toll on your system components, and drives up your utility bills.
If your house isn't haunted, then this is likely the result of an improperly sized unit. This is a huge problem, even in new construction homes. If your unit doesn't have the power to push hot air everywhere it needs to be, it may end up running non-stop an in effort to compensate. And while you might not have a poltergeist, your heating bill will likely be terrifying.
If you're in Statesville, North Carolina, then you have nothing to worry about. Give the pros at Griffin Heating & Air Conditioning a call and we can get your system straightened out right away. Click this link or call us today at 704-873-1749 and we’ll help you take care of all your heating and energy efficiency needs.