A 70-year-old house with an old inefficient oil furnace, receives a full heating and cooling system upgrade. Dr. Energy Saver replaced the old furnace and High Efficiency Heat Pump with a backup High Efficiency Propane Gas Furnace and High Efficiency Air Conditioning System.
In most parts of the country, heating expenses account for a large percentage of a household's overall energy budget.
The cost of staying comfortable in your house during cold weather is a major concern for many homeowners.
While cooling systems are powered by electricity, heating systems utilize a broader range of energy sources: natural gas, propane, fuel oil, electricity, firewood and pellet fuel. You can find out more about different types of heating systems through links to related pages, below.
What's important to point out here is that there are several energy-saving upgrades that will net you significant savings no matter what type of heating system your house uses.
More insulation and better air sealing lighten the load on any heating system
While it's natural to focus attention on the furnace, boiler or other heating appliance when looking for energy savings, building scientists urge homeowners to begin their quest for lower heating costs in the areas of insulation and air sealing. When heating costs are high, sometimes it's not because of an inefficient furnace or boiler. Instead, too little insulation and too much air leakage are forcing the heating system to work overtime. Before you consider replacing your heating system, make sure to have your house assessed for insulation and air sealing improvements. This assessment is part of a standard home energy audit. Upgrading your home's "building envelope" with air sealing and insulation improvements can cut heating and cooling expenses by up to 40%.
Dr. Energy Saver can service your heating system to ensure maximum efficiency. We will also provide a free quote for replacing an old, inefficient heating system with a state-of-the-art system that will save money and improve comfort. Call or email to arrange for a free estimate.
Talk to an expert about replacing inefficient heating equipment
If you have a furnace, boiler or heat pump that's more than 12 years old, it may be worth it to retire this old equipment so that you can heat more efficiently. As an example, a 15 year-old furnace may only be able to heat at a peak efficiency of 75%, even when functioning perfectly. In contrast, some new high-efficiency furnaces are designed to function at 94% efficiency.
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