As we usher in a new year, the temperatures here in Florida finally drop. We pull our boots and jackets out of storage, and we finally turn our heater on. But how do we know if our heater is working efficiently?
What Do We Mean by "Energy Efficiency"?
Anytime your HVAC system is running, it is using energy. When your system is working optimally, it is using a normal amount of energy, either in the form of natural gas or electricity, to warm your home. When your system starts getting older or is in need of a repair or maintenance service, you may notice your energy bill beginning to creep up even though you aren't running your heater any more than usual. This may indicate that your heating system is suffering a loss of efficiency; in essence, your heater is working harder and consuming more energy for the same or a diminished output of warm air. Needless to say, this is a huge waste of money.
How is Heating System Efficiency Measured?
You may have heard about AFUE ratings in the past. AFUE, or Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, ratings measure the efficiency of your heater. The higher the AFUE rating, the more efficiently your heater can convert fuel to energy.
Overall, the more efficient your heating unit is, the lower the costs. The warmest months of summer or the coldest months in winter will make your costs go up, but this will be in a gradual manner. If you are running your heater and your costs are steadily rising, but your home still isn't getting warm enough, it is time to call a professional.
Call Now for Heating Service in the Tampa Area
When the Tampa Bay area finally gets some seasonal weather, it's time to start paying attention to the health of your home heating system. Cooler months can easily result in a way-above-average bill if your heater is not working properly.
Whether you need a repair or upgrade, or your heating system is needing replacement, The Comfort Authority is here for you 24/7. Call us today at (813) 518-8030.