Although the winters in Las Vegas aren’t as cold as they are in other cities, that doesn’t mean there aren’t cool nights to deal with. When those cool nights come, it’s important that you’re heating your home in the most efficient way possible so you aren’t surprised by a high utility bill. Fortunately, there are multiple changes you can make to help make your home heating more efficient. Here are a few we at The Cooling Company suggest.
The easiest way to improve the efficiency of your furnace is to change your thermostat settings. Some slight changes here can result in major energy savings over the course of a heating season. On any type of thermostat, either manual or digital, bumping the temperature down 1 or 2 degrees will help your furnace run far less and won’t result in much change in the overall comfort of your home.
Of course, the best way to save energy with a thermostat is to install a programmable thermostat from The Cooling Company. Since you can control when and how to run your furnace with a programmable thermostat, you can enjoy precise control, even when you’re not home.
If your home is especially large or has multiple levels, then you can experience a major improvement in efficiency by installing a zoned system. Rather than trying to meet the demands of the different areas of your home with one system, a zoned system uses two or more separate sets of HVAC equipment that are controlled independently.
Therefore, you can run the furnace in your basement less than you run the furnace for the main level, for example. Since you can use smaller, more efficient equipment and run that equipment less, this approach can result in significant efficiency gains.
A typical furnace, though far more efficient than furnaces from a few years ago, still operates similarly to how furnaces have operated for years. By blowing air at a consistent temperature for a certain amount of time, a furnace can control the temperature of your home. While this method is effective, it’s typically not the most efficient since it doesn’t take into account your home’s current temperature.
A multi-stage furnace from The Cooling Company, on the other hand, realizes that not every day during the winter in Las Vegas is bitterly cold, meaning that you don’t need the same heating capacity every time you turn on your furnace. To account for this, a multi-stage furnace includes at least two levels of heating. When operating at the lower level, your furnace won’t use as much gas, and your blower fan won’t spin as fast. Although this can sometimes result in a longer heating cycle, it still results in much lower energy usage, ultimately making your furnace more efficient.
Homes in warmer cities like Las Vegas are especially well-suited for realizing efficiency gains by installing a heat pump from The Cooling Company. Unlike a typical furnace, which uses some type of fossil fuel to create heat, a heat pump uses fossil fuel to pull heat that already exists from the outside into your home. The good news is that the process of moving heat from one place to another is far more efficient than actually creating heat.
Although heat pumps have a backup heating element for occasions when the temperature drops too low, in a city like Las Vegas, it’s unlikely you’ll use this system that much. Therefore, you can maintain a comfortable home all winter long at a fraction of the cost of a traditional furnace.
Geothermal Heat Pump
If you’re looking for an even more efficient method to heat your home, geothermal heating is the way to go. Like a typical heat pump, a geothermal heat pump moves heat from one location to another. In the case of a geothermal heat pump from The Cooling Company, though, the location that the heat is drawn from is underground.
Thanks to consistent underground temperatures, a geothermal heat pump will have plenty of heat to pull into your home, even on the coldest nights. The best part is that a geothermal system can also be used to efficiently cool your home, meaning that you can enjoy significant energy savings throughout the year, all with one high-efficiency system.
No Space Heaters
While there are plenty of things you can do to help improve your home’s heating efficiency, there are also some things you shouldn’t do. One of the things you shouldn’t do is utilize a space heater to heat your home.
Although a space heater can certainly make the area around you warm, it comes with a significant hit to efficiency. That’s because electricity is one of the least efficient ways to create heat, especially when doing so in a small package. Therefore, if your furnace is working properly and you’re still cold, try putting on an extra layer before reaching for that little, inefficient box.
Use Mother Nature as an Aid
If you want some free heat this winter, use Mother Nature as an aid. By simply opening your curtains to let some sunshine in, you can dramatically reduce your heating needs during daylight hours. As the sunlight comes in, it’ll heat the interior surfaces in your home, which allows for ambient heating, much like a heated tile floor.
On especially warm days, you can open some windows to allow the warm breezes to keep your home comfortable. Then, on colder days when it’s cloudy outside, you can keep your curtains shut to help prevent the heat that’s inside from escaping.
Ductless Mini-Split System
A ductless mini-split system provides an ideal solution for a smaller home or a room that doesn’t warm up as fast as the rest of your home. Rather than being designed to heat an entire home, a ductless system only heats one room. The good news is a ductless system from The Cooling Company is really good at this task.
Since a ductless system provides direct heat, you can typically run it less often than a central system. Plus, a ductless system is quick and easy to install, meaning that you don’t have to worry about a major interruption to your daily routine in order to gain comfort and efficiency.
Trap the Heat That Exists
Once your furnace has done the hard work of heating the air in your home, you want to make sure the heat doesn’t escape. That’s why it’s important to keep your window and door frames properly sealed with caulk and to install extra insulation in your home’s attic if the current insulation is lacking. When it comes to installing installation, it’s a good idea to have a professional do the job to ensure you don’t accidentally fall through the ceiling.
We Know Your Furnace
Everything we do at The Cooling Company is centered on serving our customers. From our residential and commercial HVAC repair, maintenance, and installation services, to our ductwork replacement services, we take pride in everything we do. That’s why our family-owned company continues to thrill and delight individuals around Las Vegas, resulting in countless five-star reviews. For more information about how to improve your home’s efficiency this winter, give us a call at The Cooling Company today.