Discover New Heating and Cooling Options
The average household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills, with nearly half of this going to heating and cooling costs. Make smart decisions about your home’s heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system that can help save on energy costs, improve your overall comfort at home, and help fight global warming.
There are plenty of energy efficient systems available for every budget to help you stay comfortable year round, and save you money in the process. The latest boilers, gas furnaces and oil furnaces are ultra-efficient and green. They’re designed to easily replace your existing heater. Current models have an impressive 90% to 94% efficiency range, which can save you a lot of money on fuel.
HEATING & COOLING OPTIONS:
Electric furnaces are a good option for those who don’t have a natural gas line. It requires less installation cost and is highly effective.
Heat pumps are a two-in-one system as it offers both heating and cooling. They don’t use fossil fuel at all. Instead, they intake heat from the air or ground, which is delivered to the home via an electric pump.
Radiant heaters are any system that heats by raising the temperature of the objects in the rooms rather than generating heated air through vents.
Geothermal heat pumps are the best option for those who are after energy saving with great comfort all year-round.
However, the most important component of an energy-efficient home heating system isn’t necessarily the system itself, but how well your home uses the system’s output. Sealing leaks in the doors, windows, walls, and floors should be your first priority. Insulation, caulk, and weatherstripping may be necessary around windows, doors or other drafty spots.
In an existing house, the first step is to conduct a free home energy audit. These surveys are used to find out how your home uses energy and determine the best ways to cut energy use and costs. These small steps are worth the investment,
Another incentive? Minnesota Power offers several rebates when upgrading to high-efficiency home appliances. Click here to find out more about these rebates.
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