An HVAC system helps to add value and comfort to homes by keeping them warm during colder months. Unfortunately, if not properly maintained or used, homeowners can end up spending a considerable amount of money on energy bills. Here are six recommendations that can be employed to avoid loss of warm air produced by a domestic heating appliance.
To prevent energy bills from skyrocketing, one not only needs to come up with ways of keeping the warm air in but also a means of keeping cold air out. Excluding drafts from holes in the roof and gaps under the door can help achieve this objective. There are a variety of modern draft excluders on the market which are easy to install, inexpensive, and very efficient.
Check the Chimney
Many homeowners are unaware that an open fireplace can severely hamper their energy saving efforts. Investing in a quality chimney balloon and having it installed by an expert can ensure no hot air manages to escape through the open fireplace. Be certain to remove the balloon when lighting a fire to prevent an accident.
Invest in Reflective Radiators
Radiators with reflectors will help reflect heat back into the room, preventing heating loss through the walls. One of the benefits of using a heater with a reflector is that homeowners do not have to keep the HVAC running for long periods of time, as all the hot air will be confined to rooms in the home. Just like a chimney balloon, heating reflectors are best installed by skilled personnel.
Consider Insulating the Walls
It is estimated that up to 30% of heat in a home is lost through the walls. The most efficient way to curtail this type of loss is by reviewing your home’s wall insulation. If insulation in a wall seems moist, or is missing, carrying out a cavity wall insulation project can be tremendously helpful in reducing heating costs. While modern wall insulation materials can be expensive, the energy saving benefits that homeowners will accrue over the years typically surpass the initial cost.
Use Heavy Drapes
Heavy drapes are designed to curtail the loss of hot air from the rooms during cold weather conditions as well as absorb sunlight. These types of curtains also block out the wind that may seep through small cracks on the edges of the windows thereby moderating indoor temperature. Drapes come in a variety of sizes and designs to suit diverse clientele needs and preferences.
Keep Doors Closed
Keeping doors shut when appliances are on will cut down on heating costs. Running an HVAC system while doors are open can strain an HVAC system, forcing it to work harder to keep rooms warm.
Applying these heating recommendations to prevent loss of hot air during colder months can add up quickly, meaning big savings for homeowners.