Energy-efficient heating systems are a sustainable and cost-effective way to get through the winters in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver, BC. Many homes are still heated with natural gas. If you are looking for new heating options, an energy-efficient system could be right for you. While there are also plenty of ways to save money on your heating bills this winter; the option that can have the biggest impact is choosing an energy-efficient method of heating for your home. Here are 3 energy-efficient heating tips for Vancouver winters to be sure your heating system isn’t wasting energy and costing you more than it should.
1. Schedule a Heating Maintenance Check
If you have older heating equipment that has not been updated or checked, there is a chance that you are losing heat and energy due to inefficiencies.
Old appliances generally have a very low energy efficiency score, Energy.gov lists the efficiency ratings of older vs modern furnaces and boilers in detail. The energy efficiency score is based on the amount of fuel an appliance requires to heat a home. Appliances with a high energy efficiency score will use less fuel to generate more energy and heat.
The fact is, newer systems are much more efficient and incorporate modern technology. If you live in an older home, it’s a good idea to schedule a heating maintenance check and talk about furnace or boiler replacement options with your technician. At Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating, we offer plumbing and heating maintenance in Vancouver and throughout the Lower Mainland. Our dedicated team is available 24/7 for emergency plumbing and heating services. You can also book an appointment to have a professional test to assess your current heating system and ensure it’s functioning efficiently.
If you are not ready to upgrade your current furnace or boiler, there are many ways to improve the energy efficiency of your appliances. The Government of Canada website created an informative article about increasing the energy efficiency of boilers and other heating systems.
2. Replace Old Heating Appliances
If you find that your current heating system is broken or functioning poorly; it’s a good idea to start thinking about your heating replacement options. Upgrade your appliances and switch to a high-efficiency furnace or boiler
If your heating system is old, outdated and you find yourself paying the price for an inefficient heater, there are many modern, energy-efficient systems available. There are three main types of residential heating systems. These are furnaces, boilers, and radiant floor heating. When you are looking for a new heating system, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of the options available.
- Most modern furnaces have a high level of heating efficiency
- Furnaces heat air rather than water. They run on electricity, gas or propane
- Furnaces are more common in newer homes
- Boilers are less popular now but are still common in many of the homes in Vancouver.
- They heat water instead of air – they are most commonly gas or electric, some can be wood powered
- Boilers are generally more energy-efficient and use less heat and fuel to heat your house.
- There are new energy-efficient boilers called condensing boilers. These boilers are more compact and perfect for smaller spaces.
Radiant Floor Heating
- This system heats your home evenly, so you will never be stuck with a cold or drafty room.
- Radiant heating allows for even temperature distribution; which leaves you feeling warmer in your home, and eliminates the need to turn up the heat (and waste energy).
- Radiant heating is energy-efficient because it keeps the house at an even temperature)
Whether you are looking for a boiler, furnace or radiant floor heating, it’s best to look at the energy efficiency ratings for each system. Then decide which best suits your needs. Here is a helpful article to learn more about your options when it comes to heating systems and energy efficiency in the home.
3. Turn the Heat Down: Use a Space Heater
If you have a smaller home, or you are rarely home, an excellent, energy-efficient solution is to turn your heating off completely. You do not need to go without heat to save energy, space heaters are an excellent solution for smaller spaces. Space heaters are meant to heat a smaller space, like a single room, apartment or office.
They are powered by electricity rather than gas or wood. They can heat an entire room for far less than the cost of a furnace or boiler. Space heaters are better for the environment because they do not use natural resources as fuel. They are an excellent solution for those who do not need the heat running at their home all day.
Contact Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating Today
Energy-efficient heating systems are less wasteful, practical and can save you money on your heating bills in Vancouver. Whether you are looking for a simple heating assessment, maintenance or appliance replacement, our team is able to help answer your questions about energy-efficient heating, and determine the best heating options for your home.
Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating Services Vancouver, Surrey, Richmond, Langley, and the Lower-Mainland. Our team is available by appointment as well as 24/7 for plumbing and heating emergencies. Contact our experienced team today and learn how you can start saving on your home heating system. You can also learn more about helpful home heating tips on our Heating FAQ page. For more articles related to energy-efficient heating tips for Vancouver winters, visit our blog articles.