AS WINTER APPROACHES, now is the time for homeowners to start preparing for Mother Nature and improving the efficiency of their homes. Harris Gross, a PA and NJ License P.E. from Engineers for Home Inspections advises the following:
With the onset of heating season around the corner, it’s time to make sure your heater is working well to keep costs minimized and comfort maximized.
If you have a boiler (water), the best thing that you can do is make sure your system has all of the air out of it (Referred to as bleeding your system). Otherwise, your utility bills become inflated and you’re throwing money out the cold window.
If you have a furnace (air), the best thing that you can do is make sure your duct work is sealed with aluminum foil tape. It’s about $10 a roll, but it’s well worth it. You can lose 20% – 40% of your air through air leaks in duct work.
Also, make sure to change your filter every 3 months or so.
Regardless of whether you have a boiler or furnace, if your unit is more than 10 years old and never been serviced, now is the time to start.
To understand the efficiency rating of your home unit, take a look at the US Dept of Enegry's Web-Site.
For those of you looking to be more efficient and giving your home heating system a break, DYSON has engineered the Dyson Hot! It claims to efficiently heat a room evenly and has a built in thermostat that is "intelligent", by monitoring the room temperature and telling the heating coil inside to turn on or off.