It’s hard to imagine a life without heat, but it can lose its efficiency if you don’t take care of your heater and keep it in good condition. If you want to make sure your heater is as energy efficient as possible, here are three ways to tell:
Does your heater cycle off and then on again?
If your heater cycles on and off again, it’s not energy efficient. The best heaters are programmed to stay on for a set amount of time before turning off automatically. This helps you save money by keeping the power bill lower and extends your heating system’s life.
If you need to figure out how long your heater should run, ask an HVAC professional or check their manufacturer’s instructions for their recommended run time.
Do you have a humidifier?
A humidifier is a device that adds moisture to the air. Having one in our home is important because it can help with dry skin, sinus problems, and allergies. It can also reduce the risk of asthma and other respiratory diseases by providing a moist environment for our bodies instead of dehydrated air.
Humidifiers are also very energy efficient; however, they require regular maintenance, such as replacing filters to continue operating efficiently.
Do you have a programmable thermostat?
If you’re looking to save money on your energy bill, make sure that the thermostat in your home is programmable. A programmable thermostat can be used to set the temperature for different times of day, turn on and off when you are away from home (so as to keep heat from escaping), or turn on and off when you are at home (to prevent overworking the unit). It may also have a range setting that allows it to cycle between two different temperatures depending on how cold or warm it is outside.
You can extend the life of your heater by using it properly
You can extend the life of your heater by using it properly and making sure it’s energy efficient.
- Use the unit properly. Make sure you’re not using your heater to heat an entire room but only a small area. If you do this, the rest of the room will be cold and uncomfortable while you’re just spending time in one spot.
- Ensure that your unit is energy efficient. To do so, look up its efficiency rating on a website like Energy Star or Consumer Reports so that you know what to expect from your thermostat before purchasing it or installing it in your home.
- Use a programmable thermostat to set regular intervals at which you want your temperature raised or lowered throughout every 24 hours (for example, every few hours) rather than adjusting manually every time someone feels too hot or too cold around them during their stay in whatever space is being heated/cooled by said system. This will save money over time because fewer manual adjustments mean less wasted electricity!
As we’ve learned, a properly working heater can save you money and reduce carbon emissions. But there are other ways to make the most of your heater: by using it regularly at the right temperature (and not just in the winter), using natural resources such as solar energy, or buying energy-efficient models with higher heat outputs than conventional ones. What is the best way to know if your heater is energy efficient? Check its specs!