4 Heating System Tips for More Efficient Performance

4 Heating System Tips for More Efficient Performance

According to the Department of Energy, your heating system uses more energy than any other system in your home. In fact, it typically makes up approximately 42% of your electricity bill. Your heating systems can include furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, and more. They need just a little attention on a regular basis to keep them running efficiently and safely. Below, we will show you a few heating system tips for more efficient performance that are quick and can save you big. 1. Clean, Clean, and Clean It’s no secret that your system runs better when it’s clean. A dirty heating system needs more energy to work, which can lead to premature failure. One of the first steps in keeping your heating system efficient is to replace or clean your filters as recommended by the manufacturer. You can do a simple visual inspection of your filters to ensure they have not become clogged. You may also clean baseboard heaters, registers/air ducts, and radiators as needed. Be sure none of your equipment or outputs are blocked by lighting, furniture, drapes, or flooring. 2. Feel Free to Open Doors Closing the doors to unused rooms in order to save energy is a common misconception in heating system tips. Due to heat’s tendency to flow from warmer to cooler areas, your colder rooms will actually draw the heater’s warmth from the rest of the house. This results in your property needing as much or more energy to heat the entire area. We at the Barton Boys even design our heating systems for the whole home, and shutting doors interrupts the unit’s intended on...
Tankless vs. Traditional Water Heaters

Tankless vs. Traditional Water Heaters

Which Hot Water Heater is Right for your Home? Hot water and how it’s heated is not something you typically think about during your day-to-day activities, however when you don’t have warm water for your bath, shower or even dish washing, you certainly realize how important it is to a comfortable home. Water heaters typically come in two varieties: tankless and traditional holding tank. A traditional hot water heater consistently heats water to a set temperature in a large tank so that it is ready for usage.  In comparison, a tankless option heats water on-demand as water flows through various pipes to its final destination. Many proponents of tankless heaters use them because of energy efficiency. Here are a few considerations that might help you determine which type of water heater is best for your home. How Much Does a Water Heater Cost? Traditional hot water heaters generally cost about half of what you would pay for a tankless variety.  Additionally, tankless heaters might require additional remodeling and retrofitting if you are putting them into an existing home. This could include additional plumbing and electrical work, which will add to the higher up-front cost of the unit.    While tankless units might cost you up-front, they will save you money down the road. According to Energy.gov, homes that use tankless water heaters may be up to 34% more energy efficient than traditional hot water heaters. How Much Space Does a Water Heater Take Up? Tankless hot water heaters are about 3ft tall by 1-1/2ft wide, making them easy to install in a small space such as a utility closet. This makes...