Reduce your Heating Expense and Improve the Comfort of your home by choosing the correct heating system for your needs and having it installed properly!
As the weather gets colder, Nanaimo homeowners take a closer look at their existing heating systems. Old heating systems tend to not be as energy efficient as newer systems and in addition, may require more work and more diligence to ensure that your home is properly heated when temperatures drop.
Oil Furnace Upgrades
Older Oil Furnaces tend to be extremely inefficient in their consumption of fuel in order to keep a home warm. With extreme cycles between turning on and off, many find that the home is constantly moving between too warm and too cool.
These furnaces require more regular maintenance and should have regular filter replacement in order to control dusts and other airborne contaminants.
In addition, insurance companies are now requiring that oil tanks be moved to locations that have less environmental impact in the event of a leak and are also requiring that homeowners have the tanks checked and replaced if they are too old.
Many Nanaimo homeowners are deciding to upgrade their heating systems to newer more efficient systems that require less maintenance and more efficient operation. Thus reducing the annual costs related to operations.
Heat Pumps, Air Conditioners, and Electric Furnaces
For homes with existing ducting, central heating systems like heat pumps, central electric furnaces and central air conditioning systems may be a wise choice.
In some cases the existing ducting will allow home owners to install their new heating system with a lower cost than other systems.
In addition, Heat Pump Systems in particular with digital programmable thermostats can allow for maximum efficiency, home comfort (through efficient heating in winter and much needed cooling for the home in the summer), and some of the lowest operations costs than any other heating systems available.
Baseboard Heating for new and retrofit installations
While not quite as energy efficient as heat pumps, baseboard heating is a very good choice when retrofitting a home for heating to replace an older inefficient heating source.
Baseboard heating allows for zoned control. That means that every room with a heater installed can be controlled independently. This reduces the cost of operation and improves the comfort for individuals in various areas of the home.
Baseboard heating can be controlled by built-in thermostats, digital and digital programmable thermostats. The most efficient of the thermostats is definitely the digital programmable thermostat.
Due to the fact that a digital programmable thermostat can be programmed to drop down when not needed can have a significant impact on the overall cost of daily operation of heating. Imagine, having the thermostat drop down while everyone in the household is away at work and school, but, automatically brings the home back up to temperature before people start arriving home again. Small factors like this can add up to savings of hundreds of dollars per year.
If you are considering an upgrade to your existing home heating system, or would like improve the heating in only a small area of your home, call ER Electric the Nanaimo electricians who specialize in both new installations and retrofit of heating systems in and around Nanaimo, Ladysmith, Lantzville, Parksville, Qualicum and Duncan.