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How to Properly Take Advantage of an Efficient Heater


We’re heading into the back end of winter here in New City,  NY, but we’ve still got a couple of months of cold weather where your heating system will be called upon to keep you warm every night. An efficient heater, one with a high AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating, can help you stay warm without breaking the bank. But an efficient heater isn’t automatically a money-saving heater. It simply allows you to save money more easily. That can be a blurry concept sometimes, but with a little insight and judicious practices, you can properly take advantage of an efficient heater to cut your monthly bills down to size. Here’s a few tips on how.

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Watch Your Sizing

When purchasing a new heater, there’s an inclination to go with a powerful system, as well as an efficient one. This can be a big mistake. If the heater is too powerful for the space in your home, it will heat the air too quickly, shutting down only to start up again a few minutes later. The process is known as “short cycling,” and since it takes a lot more energy to start and stop a heater than to simply keep it running, it could remove that efficiency with the drop of a hat. In addition to checking out the AFUE rating in a new heater, make sure you find a system that fits the power needs of your space.

Longer Running Times Cost More

There’s a rule called Jevons Paradox: if you have more efficient technology, you’re going to use it more often. There’s nothing wrong with using a more efficient heater more than you used to use your old one, but the improved efficiency will go into that lengthier running time: not your bills. If you want to lower your bills instead, make sure you run your new heater for about the same amount of time you ran your old one.

Call Design Air, Inc. to help make the most of an efficient new heater.