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Ways You Can Tell If Your Home Has an Efficient Heater

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Heating systems use a significant amount of energy, which results in higher energy bills for Yuma homeowners. Having an energy-efficient furnace or heat pump means you’ll save money each fall and winter with lower energy bills. Keep reading to find out how to tell if you have an efficient heater in your home.

How Old Is Your Heating System?

The age of your heat pump or furnace can help you determine how much efficiency it offers. Older heating systems don’t have the same energy efficiency as newer units do. Keep in mind that most heaters last roughly 15 to 20 years. If you’ve had yours for a while, it might be time to upgrade to a new furnace or heat pump for better efficiency.

How High Are Your Energy Bills?

Although energy costs can fluctuate, your bills during fall and winter should be about the same from year to year. If you notice a huge increase in your energy bills compared to the same period in the previous year, this might be due to your heating system. A heater that’s not very efficient uses more energy, resulting in skyrocketing energy bills.

What Is Your Heating System’s AFUE Rating?

Your heating system’s Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating can help you figure out how efficient your heater is. Check the label on your heating system to see if the AFUE rating is listed. You can also search for it on the manufacturer’s website using the model number or serial number of your heating system. A higher AFUE rating indicates a more efficient heater.

How to Improve Heater Efficiency

Even if you have an efficient heater, you can always take steps to improve it. This includes changing the air filter every few months and setting up routine HVAC maintenance. Other steps you can take include using a programmable or smart thermostat and improving the insulation in your home. If you have an older heating system, consider getting a new one for maximum energy efficiency.

If you need a more efficient heater for your Yuma home, please contact Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company. Our HVAC experts can help you choose a heating system that provides optimal efficiency.