American Services commercial heating maintenance in St. Louis knows that the overwhelming majority of offices and buildings in the U.S. are presently heated with natural gas. This is no surprise, given the fact that this resource is domestically abundant. That coupled with the rising prices of fuel oil and electricity means that around 57% of us use natural gas as a primary home energy option. Electric heating is a clear secondary option, with right around a 25% usage. After that, there is 11% fuel oil, 4% gasoline, and 3% other home heating usage.
Overall, heating and cooling your home will account for around 54% of your utility budget. Properly upgrading and maintaining your equipment is one way to help save a good deal of money. The energy saving awareness resource, energy.gov, recommends a whole-house approach to energy conservation. They warn that simply purchasing an “energy-efficient” furnace is just one part of a more comprehensive plan to lower utility costs.
To help with the process, they provide tips to energy users to do as much as they can to ensure that they are getting the most for their money. A programmable thermostat is an obvious component here. Having one allows you to vary interior temperature during hours of sleeping and when not at home accordingly. Cleaning and swapping out furnace filters regularly is a cheap and easy way to make sure that the heating system is functioning to capacity.
There are additional tasks to stay on top of. Simply keeping south-facing windows unobstructed to allow sunlight in during the day and closing them to keep chills out at night helps. Speaking with contractors and building suppliers can zero you in on energy-efficient products. Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating is a transparent measure of a furnace’s efficiency. Any particular furnace has to achieve a minimum of 78% AFUE to be sold in America. Those labeled as Energy Star models exceed 90% AFUE.