Energy efficient Warm Air Heating Upgrades

How to get the most out of your warm air heating

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Warm Air Heating, Savings & Efficiency

With winter now upon us and the prices of energy being higher than ever, now is a better time than any to ensure you are getting ‘bang for your buck’ in regards to your warm air heating system. Increasing energy efficiency may sound expensive but there are many ways you can achieve this without breaking the bank. Methods in which you can increase the efficiency of any heating system vary wildly, from simple routine procedures to new equipment and complete system overhauls. Here we will explore multiple different avenues to reach the glory road of excellent energy efficiency, whilst hopefully sharing some money saving practices and improving the health of your warm air heating system overall!

Efficiency Options

Regular maintenance

Having regular maintenance performed is integral to all heating systems in order to maintain high levels of efficiency throughout its lifespan. Routine tasks will be conducted as part of the scheduled maintenance, which will contribute towards maintaining and improving the efficiency of the system overall.

These tasks include but aren’t limited to: cleaning air filters, inspecting and sealing ducting and calibrating thermostats. Tasks such as these will mean airflow is kept at an optimum level, a minimal amount of heat loss is maintained and the temperature indicator is accurate. All of these factors play a big part in regards to your warm air heating’s efficiency and should be performed annually at a bare minimum.

Thermostats & controls

If your property is still using a traditional thermostat, then it may lack the precision of it’s more modern counterparts. This could then possibly lead to inefficient heating cycles and unnecessary energy consumption. Programmable and smart thermostats aim to tackle this issue head on!

Programmable thermostats enable users to schedule temperature adjustments based on daily routines, preventing unnecessary heating when spaces are unoccupied. Smart thermostats take this a step further, allowing remote monitoring and control via mobile devices. These devices often incorporate learning algorithms, adapting to user preferences and optimising heating patterns over time.

Furnace upgrades

One of the key pillars in the pursuit of energy efficient warm air heating systems is the use of high efficiency furnaces. Investing in a high efficiency furnace not only reduces energy waste but also contributes to a more sustainable and cost-effective heating system. High efficiency furnaces achieve this by leveraging advanced technologies to extract more heat from the fuel they burn and reducing the amount of heat loss.

An example of a high efficiency furnace are condensing furnaces, which capture and utilise heat from combustion gasses that traditional furnaces release as waste. By doing so, they maximise the energy extracted from the fuel, resulting in improved overall efficiency.

Ductwork improvements

Ductwork is always the conduit for delivering the heated air to it’s desired situation when using warm air heating. As ductwork plays such a pinnacle role for warm air heating systems, it’s essential it’s completed to a high standard.

Leaky or uninsulated ducts can lead to substantial heat loss, forcing the heating system to work harder to compensate. Sealing gaps, joints, and connections in the ductwork prevents heated air from escaping, ensuring that the warmth generated by the furnace reaches its intended destination. Additionally, insulating ducts in unconditioned spaces, such as attics or crawl spaces, helps maintain the temperature of the air as it travels through the system.

Zoning systems

Traditional heating systems often treat the entire property as a single entity, resulting in uneven heating and unnecessary energy consumption. Zoning systems, however, offer a strategic solution by dividing the home into distinct areas or zones, each with its independent temperature control.

These systems utilise multiple thermostats and dampers within the ductwork to direct warm air selectively, ensuring that heating is delivered precisely where and when it is needed. This targeted approach not only improves comfort by accommodating individual preferences in different parts of the house but also eliminates the need to heat unoccupied spaces and prevents the overuse of heating appliances.

Air filtration & purification

As you can most likely imagine, the insides of a warm air heating system’s ductwork will rarely get cleaned. This means that any contaminants in the air, such as dust and other particles, will often congregate into larger groups inside the ductwork. This can eventually lead to reduced airflow via blockages and unnecessary heat loss, as the bundled contaminants will then need to be heated also.

To prevent this, air filtration and purification technologies are often implemented to prevent the unnecessary increase of the workload on a heating system. These can come in a variety of different forms e.g. HEPA filters, electrostatic filters and UV-C filters, to name just a few.