This winter season has taught us to appreciate the heating we have in our homes and how uncomfortable it can be without it. Heating your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home -- typically making up about 29% of your utility bill.

Heat pump
Although it may seem complicated, heat pump simply transfers heat from one place to another. They move heat between the inside air and outside air. They do not generate heat on their own. A typical unit will have two components, an outdoor unit which contains a coil and a fan, and an indoor air handler unit.

Most furnaces work by heating air in one area and then distribute it though the home using ductwork and vents. The energy efficiency of your furnace is dependent on its Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE), which basically tells you how much of your fuel is used for heating. AFUE will decline over the years due to wear and tear so annual maintenance is not a suggestion but a requirement.

The main purpose is to transfer heat to water by heating water and producing steam that can be used to heat the home. Boilers can use oil, gas or electricity to accomplish this. Whenever the thermostat notices a change in temperature, it indicates to the boiler to turn on or off.

Tips to Help You Save Money On Your Heating Bill

  • Smart Thermostat – Install a smart thermostat to help ensure your heating equipment Is running only when you need it most.
  • Adjust the temperature – Turning your thermostat back 7 degrees for eight hours a day can help you save up to 10% on your heating bill according to the US Department of Energy.
  • Change your filter regularly – Furnaces with dirty filters must work harder, replacing the filter often can help cut back heating cost.
  • Schedule a tune up – Tune ups generally involve cleaning and testing the heating equipment and looking for signs of corrosion or damage.

An efficient HVAC system will not only provide heating and cooling, but it will also properly circulate and filter your homes air.

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