Having an efficient heating system is good for the environment and your wallet. If your heating system is old or experiencing high energy bills, poor temperature control, it may be time to consider upgrading your system. Thanks to modern technology, you can improve your heating system's operation and efficiency through upgrades like the installation of smart thermostats or variable speed motors. Here are important upgrades you should consider for your heating system.
A Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats offer easy and convenient temperature control, energy-saving features, and more. With a smart thermostat, you can view and control your heating system from your smartphone. You can easily make changes to the temperature in your home by tapping the screen on your phone. For example, if you typically come home from work at 6:00 p.m., you can have the thermostat turn on 30 minutes before you get home so that your house is already at a comfortable temperature when you walk in. The unit can also automatically adjust the temperature based on usage patterns, which saves energy and money.
Aquastat Boiler Control
If you use a boiler to heat your home, it may just have a basic aquastat control device that turns the boiler on and off at different temperatures. Many modern boilers now come with high-limit aquastats that are designed to prevent overheating. They shut the boiler off before it reaches dangerous temperatures that could cause damage or injury. You may be able to install one of these devices on an older boiler if yours doesn't have one already.
Variable Speed Motor
The motor on your blower fan can significantly influence the efficiency of your heating system. If you have a single-speed motor, it runs at full speed all the time. If there is a variable speed motor, it will run at different speeds based on what is needed at the time. This upgrade can reduce cycling and help prevent waste of energy, which would translate to lower monthly energy bills.
Automatic Control Valves
As water circulates through your heating system, there are valves in place to help regulate pressure and prevent damage from occurring as a result of high pressure or overheating. If you have a boiler in your home or business, consider replacing any manual control valves with automatic controls that respond to changes in temperature automatically. In addition to providing better temperature control, this upgrade can help prolong the life of your boiler by reducing wear and tear on the components.
Before making any upgrades to your heating system, you should first consult a professional HVAC contractor. They will inspect your unit and determine which upgrades can offer maximum efficiency.