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How to Tell Your Heating System Is Operating Efficiently

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Our St. Louis Heating and Air Company Can Keep Your Equipment Working Well

Who doesn’t like saving money?

It’s a thrill to get a great deal, but it’s an even bigger one to know that you took matters into your own hands to spend less on your utility bills every month, thanks to an energy-efficient heater in your home.

These are three signs your heater is fairly efficient:

  • Your home maintains a comfortable temperature without your heating system constantly running.
  • Your utility bill reflects reasonable energy usage for a home your size and style.
  • Your heating equipment is labeled EnergyStar Certified.

Let’s explore what each of these means, and learn how you can keep your equipment operating as efficiently as possible for as long as possible, ultimately saving you money over the long term.

Your Home Maintains a Comfortable Temperature

If your thermostat is set to the same temperature all day, and your home maintains that temperature without your heating system constantly running, it’s likely that your heater is fairly energy efficient.

It also could mean that your home was built well and is properly insulated – both which will definitely help you save money on your winter heating bill.

If your furnace or heat pump is constantly running to keep your home warm and rarely reaches or maintains the desired temperature, you’ll want to contact our St. Louis heating and air company and ask us to come take a look at it.

Your Utility Bill Reflects Reasonable Energy Usage

The typical U.S. family spends about $2,000 per year for home utility bills, according to EnergyStar.gov. But this is an average number, meaning families who live in the tiniest homes and the largest of mansions are taken into consideration to calculate it.

The easiest way to see whether you’re using a similar amount of energy from year to year is to look back on your utility bills from the same period last year. Are you using more or less energy year over year?

If it’s more, you’ll want to consider what habits you follow to heat or cool your home, and whether other appliances or home features are using the same energy source. For example, if your heat is electric, your light usage, many home appliances, and everything you have plugged into your home’s outlets are also reflected on that bill.

If you live in a condo community, you can ask your neighbors what their energy usage is like, if you need to compare. Similarly, neighbors with similarly-sized houses in St. Louis can be a great resource for drawing a comparison.

Remember that the cost to heat a home that is larger will be higher than the cost to heat a small home. Similarly, homes with open floor plans generally cost more to heat than homes with compartmentalized rooms – think older homes with doorways between each room, even in main living areas.

Your Equipment is Labeled as EnergyStar Certified

If your heat pump, furnace, or ductless heating and cooling system came with a blue EnergyStar sticker, that means it is EnergyStar Certified. These products use less energy than other similar ones and are required to meet strict criteria set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the U.S. Department of Energy.

These heating systems are at least 15 percent more efficient than the minimum federal efficiency standard and have a rating of 90 percent Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) or greater. In fact, the higher the AFUE, the more efficient your equipment is.

Ruud Energy Efficient Heating Systems

Ruud is an EnergyStar partner, meaning the brand manufactures energy efficient heating and cooling equipment that meets all EnergyStar criteria.

With a new Ruud heating system, you can save between 15 and 40 percent on your utility bills, depending on the age of your existing equipment.

At Meyer Heating and Air in St. Louis, we can help you choose the right energy-efficient Ruud product for your home. We rely on Ruud, and so can you.

Maintaining Efficiency Through HVAC Maintenance

You often can avoid emergency HVAC repair and keep your heater running more efficiently through regular HVAC maintenance.

With meticulous care and maintenance, it is possible to extend your equipment’s life even farther. However, a reputable technician will let you know when your equipment is no longer operating as efficiently as it could be.

Call Us for St. Louis Heating and Air Near You

If you live in Chesterfield, Ballwin, Creve Coeur, Kirkwood, Fenton, Arnold, Webster Groves, or anywhere in between, Meyer Heating and Air should be the first phone number you dial to reach an expert to help you take care of your home.

Our family-owned St. Louis heating and air company provides round-the-clock service for people just like you to keep them comfortable and ensure their furnaces are running efficiently and correctly.

When you need heating maintenance or emergency HVAC repair, call us at (314) 845-1929, or request service online.

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