Brace yourselves – winter is here. And it’s going to be expensive.
Over the past two years, the price of natural gas has quadrupled.
But how costly the heating season gets is ultimately up to you. Fortunately, there are ways to control costs, lower energy bills and still keep the house cozy this winter.
By following these tips, you can improve the efficiency of your boiler and save money this season.
Service your boiler regularly
Investing in a regular maintenance program with a licensed HVAC technician is one of the best and most cost-effective ways to improve the efficiency of your boiler.
An HVAC tech will inspect your boiler to ensure it’s operating in peak condition. They will change the filter, clean the components and look for potential repair issues. They will identify and repair any gas or water leaks, tighten loose parts and bleed your radiators.
Call HVAC 911 to schedule your bi-annual boiler inspection today.
Cleanse your system
A professional HVAC technician, like the contractors of HVAC 911, can conduct a system cleanse and flush out any dirt, sludge, rust or debris that may have built up in your heating system. This debris can lead to blockages and severe corrosion, which can increase the boiler’s inefficiency. It can also lead to breakdown. An HVAC specialist can conduct a power wash to remove contaminants from the boiler so it operates at peak efficiency.
Install a smart meter
Smart meters integrate with wireless devices to provide greater control over your home’s temperatures, increasing the efficiency of your boiler. Smart meters can be used to identify temperature patterns and automate the settings to increase energy efficiency and save money. For example, they can lower the temperature late at night or when you are away from home.
Hire a contractor referred by HVAC 911 to install a smart meter and optimize your temperature settings for perfect comfort while lowering your energy usage.
Tune the burner
It’s common for a boiler to not get the correct amount of oxygen, which can impede its efficiency. If too little oxygen is present, the carbon in the fuel will not oxidize completely. This will result in lower heat because the fuel isn’t completely burned and is essentially wasted.
Hire an HVAC technician to tune the burner periodically so the boiler receives the optimal amount of oxygen for peak energy efficiency.
Invest in a new boiler
If you have an old boiler, you can significantly lower your heating bill by replacing it. Boilers over 20 years old are about 60 percent to 70 percent less efficient than newer models. Invest in an ENERGY STAR-rated boiler for optimal energy efficiency.
Want to save money on heating this winter? Call HVAC 911
If you need help with regular service cleanings, installing a smart meter or installing a brand new boiler, call HVAC 911. You will be connected to a local licensed HVAC professional who can improve the efficiency of your boiler and help you save money on heating.