Given the length and duration of Long Island winters, it’s worth considering smart heating systems to save money without having to sacrifice comfort. You may be able to get more out of your existing equipment by making small upgrades, rethinking it entirely, or adding some green options.
Upgrade the Thermostat
If your heating system is compatible, installing a programmable or smart thermostat will let you operate it automatically. Both of these kinds of thermostats are proven money and energy savers. A programmable thermostat acts on the information you give it about how warm to keep it by time and date. Such a device is an ideal solution for families who are routinely away during the week.
Smart thermostats embody Wi-Fi capabilities. It gives you complete system control wherever you are. They also learn your family’s habits, which automates much of the programming.
Families who don’t occupy each room in their home continuously can benefit from a zoning system. Instead of heating the entire home each time the central thermostat calls for it, the furnace heats only the parts that need it in a zoned home.
Each zone has a damper in the ductwork that opens and closes in response to its own dedicated thermostat. When the thermostats are smart or programmable, the U.S. Department of Energy reports that homeowners can save as much as 30 percent on their heating and cooling costs.
Sunshine can be used directly for smart heating using thermal collectors, even as far north as Long Island. Handmade or commercially constructed solar collectors use metal materials encased in an airtight, insulated box to heat air. A fan blows the hot air indoors, which does an effective job of warming the interior.
These heaters depend solely on sunshine and don’t work at night or in cloudy weather. They work best when used for single rooms or a workshop. Temperature rise from a solar collector can be substantial.
Saving energy and money is possible with these and other smart heating options. For more information, contact Cool Power, LLC, providing HVAC services for Long Island homeowners.
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