The heating load of your home refers to how much your home’s heating system has to run to keep it comfortable. The size of your home affects it directly, but other, smaller attributes of your home impact the load as well. The amount of insulation, all its air leaks large and small, and the heat lost through the windows contribute too.
It’s never too late to make improvements to cut the size of the load. Besides lowering the heating bills, a lighter load reduces the amount of time your furnace runs, which slows wear and tear.
- Look for air leaks. Drafts around window and exterior door frames let in a lot of cold air. If you can see daylight around exterior doors, check the condition of the weatherstripping. Replace it with new seals compatible with your door.
Locking all the interior windows reduces drafts, and if cracks have appeared around the frames, caulk around them. You may also have air leaks between the ceilings and the attic from fans and recessed lights.
- Examine the ductwork for your furnace. If you suspect leakage within the ducts or at the registers, ask your HVAC contractor to test and seal them for immediate energy savings.
- Check the attic insulation. An almost certain indicator of inadequate insulation are ice dams that from along the eaves. They indicate heat from your home is leaking through the ceilings into the attic. Ideal amounts range from 16 to 20 inches of batt or loose insulation for this climate.
- Windows, especially single-pane, offer little resistance against cold temperatures. Thermal and Energy Star windows go a long way toward lowering heating costs, but if they’re not an option, consider storm windows or plastic window sealing kits. You’ll find them at home improvement centers or online.
Lowering your heating load increases the life of your HVAC equipment and cuts energy bills. For more information, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We provide trusted HVAC services for homeowners in Grand Traverse County and the surrounding areas.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about heating loads and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.
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