How to Find Your Heater’s Energy Efficiency
December 20, 2021
Heating up your home is one of the more costly tasks you’ll need to do this winter. It takes up approximately 70% of your electricity bills, especially during winter. One key factor exacerbating the situation is faulty heaters that consume higher energy rates than normal. You can get solar heaters or stick with your gas or electric heater. The question is, how efficient is it? Following are ways to tell if your heater is energy efficient.
1. The AFUE Rating
The annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) determines the efficacy of a heater to convert fuel into energy. A more energy-efficient heater has a higher AFUE rating and vice versa. If you live in temperate regions, you should consider buying a heater with 80% AFUE ratings.
2. Your Subsequent Bills
Your electricity bills fluctuate from time to time due to a wide range of factors. To confirm your suspicions, compare your past years’ bills with the present to track the efficacy of your system. If you notice a considerable change and a spike in your utility bills, then you should consider upgrading your heating system.
3. The Age of the Heating System
Every artificial thing has a breaking point, even with constant care and maintenance. Heaters are no different. If your house has had a heating system for the past 30 years, then it’s time to upgrade to a more affordable and energy-efficient heating system.
4. Your Thermostat Readings
Technological advancements are dictating every aspect of our daily lives, and these upgrades truly save us a lot of money. For instance, an automatic thermostat gives you the leeway of raising or lowering the temperature to your liking. When the readings are strangely out of place, it’s time to upgrade or schedule some maintenance. It’s a better way of maintaining the energy efficiency of your heater.
If you reside in Show Low, AZ, or the surrounding areas and need repairs, installations, and maintenance services of heat pumps, ACs, solar systems, central systems, thermostats, etc., reach us at Rim Country Mechanical, Inc. for professional help.