How Can You Tell if Your Heater Is Energy Efficient?

Posted on February 23, 2022, at 4:48 pm

Running your heating system can get expensive. An energy-efficient heating system is the best trick to ensure you’re not spending more money than you need. How can you tell if your HVAC system is efficient, though?

Sure, it helps if you monitor your heating system through the winter, but if you don’t have energy-efficient heating, what’s the point? A general rule of thumb is that the more energy efficient your heater is, the better it runs.

If you want to know how to determine energy efficiency, read on. We’ll discuss what you should look out for when figuring out how well your heater works. Here are a few ways to check for energy-efficient heating.

High Energy Bills

One of the first places you should consider when determining energy efficiency is the energy bill. It’s not uncommon for your account to change each month. For example, energy bills tend to be high after Christmas.

Usually, though, your billing statement shouldn’t change too much per month. If you spot a dramatic price increase and it’s nowhere near when Christmas lights last up, You can probably blame your heating system.

The more effort it takes your heater to run, the more electricity it will need to use. Constant use of energy can cause your energy bill to increase in price.

Heating System Age

An electrical heater will last from 10 to 15 years. It’s possible to have a heater for longer – provided it’s well maintained, of course. Anywhere past two decades and parts begin to wear down.

Eventually, your heater can become too old to run efficiently. A fifteen-year-old furnace can lose about half its efficiency due to age. Heating units this age are when you should consider replacing them.

AFUE Ratings

An AFUE or Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency rating measures the amount of fuel used per dollar. To specify, the AFUE rating quantifies the heat provided for each bit of energy – the “fuel” – used.

A heater with an AFUE rating of 73 converts up to 73 percent of fuel to heat. The remaining 28 percent doesn’t become heat and gets wasted. This heating system isn’t super efficient as over 20 percent of energy isn’t utilized.

To check your furnace’s AFUE rating, check the label. If there isn’t a label, an internet search of the furnace model should help. Check the manufacturer’s website if you want to know the AFUE rating.

Unsure Your Heater Is Energy Efficient? 

If you’re not sure your heater is energy efficient, there are a few ways to check. For starters, look out for the monthly bill, there may be some fluctuations, but you should be concerned about drastic price increases.

A heater over 15 years old is prone to wasting energy. The heating system has to work harder to heat your home. Heaters with poor AFUE ratings don’t provide energy-efficient heating either.

B & B Heating and Cooling can help determine if your heater is running efficiently and with all your other HVAC needs. Contact us here for assistance.