At times, winters in the Midwest can really put a strain on comfort and warmth. The season generally signals the increased, consistent use of home heating systems to combat continuously cold and ever-increasing cooler temperatures, not to mention ice and snow storms.
If you are shopping for a new heating and cooling system, you probably already know about the differences in energy efficiency among the options on the market. Ratings such as SEER (for air conditioners) and AFUE (for furnaces) are similar to the mpg ratings on cars; choose a higher rating, and the HVAC system will consume less energy.
Home heating systems are the lifeblood of the home during harsh winters. In Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan, the energy efficiency of a heating system is especially important to keep heating costs low.
Rising energy costs, coupled with concerns about natural-resource consumption, have homeowners looking for ways to reduce the amount of energy they use to heat and cool their houses. One option to consider is upgrading your boiler to a high-efficiency model.
Many of us got a wake-up call during the energy crisis of the 1970s. People across the nation realized the economic benefits of reducing our energy use; cars were built with better gas mileage, and heating and cooling efficiency became a bigger priority. As we’ve moved forward with home comfort, sealing up residential air leaks has become an important aspect …
Whether you’re in northern Indiana or southwest Michigan, everyone wants to save on energy costs. Of course, how you go about it greatly depends on the unique circumstances of your home. With that in mind, there are a few common trouble spots that you can evaluate to help develop a successful energy-savings plan:
Insulation is rated according to its ability to resist the flow of heat from one space to another. This rating, known as R-value, is an important factor to consider when deciding which insulating material will provide the most effective heat barrier for your home.
Finding a qualified contractor in northern Indiana and southwest Michigan can be a simple process if you know what to look for. Certain affiliations, certifications and awards can tip you off to which contractors offer the best in high quality service, design and installation — for example, NATE certification and the Technical Seal of Safety.
Cutting back on energy use can be done in both big and small ways. Using a programmable thermostat is a small way to add to energy savings. But the control that this small piece of equipment gives a homeowner can result in big savings and greater efficiency.
One of the easiest parts of your home heating and cooling system to ignore is the ductwork. This simple but important part of your system conveys the heated and cooled air from your air-handling unit to the various rooms of your house. Tucked away in walls, attics and basements, it’s a part of the system that few people really think …