How to: Lowering Your Heating Load

How to: Lowering Your Heating LoadYour home’s furnace works hard all winter to keep you warm. Frequent use takes its toll, which could result in furnace breakdowns — especially when its working harder than it needs to. Lowering the temperature on your thermostat is one way to reduce furnace wear, but it’s not a very comfortable alternative nor an effective long-term solution. Read on for great tips on how you can lower the heating load on your furnace and enjoy even more benefits!

Benefits of Lowering Your Heating Load

If you’re wondering what a heating load is, it’s simply the amount of heat energy your furnace needs to produce to keep your home at your desired temperature. The greater the heat loss in your home, such as through air leaks and inadequate insulation, the more heat your furnace needs to produce. So, tightening up your home’s efficiency reduces furnace wear, and offers these benefits, too:

  • You can save energy without a loss in comfort.
  • Tightening up your home may help you deal with moisture problems better.
  • Reducing the load may allow you to install a smaller and less expensive HVAC system when the time comes.

Tighten Up Your Home

Your home’s envelope separates your living spaces from the unconditioned spaces inside and outside your home. By making sure your envelope is well sealed and insulated, you can effectively reduce the burden on your furnace and pocketbook.

  • It’s important to air seal your home before insulating. Windows and doors are sore spots for heat loss. Use rope caulk, v-tension strips and/or a thin line of caulk around window frames. Drafty entry doors may be sealed with tubular silicon and door sweeps. Foam weatherstripping works great for your attic door.
  • Window treatments, such as heavy or layered drapes, work well to block heat movement, and you may adjust them at any time.
  • The Energy Star program suggests attics in the Long Island area be insulated to R-60. This is approximately 12 to 16 inches of fiberglass attic insulation, depending on the insulation’s R-value.

For expert service to lower your Long Island home’s heating load, contact Cool Power today!

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about lower heating loads and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 631-292-0629.

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