When you live in an older home, heating bills are often a concern. Older homes were not often built with efficiency in mind, so you may need to take a few extra steps in order to avoid over-paying for heating. Work with a local heater repair company, and also consider the following tips to help keep your older home warmer this winter.
If you have rooms that never seem to get warm enough in the winter and cool enough in the summer, consider having a ductless mini-split unit installed in those rooms. These systems are a great option for older homes that don’t have ducts. The unit simply mounts on the the wall and is connected to an outside unit by refrigeration lines and quietly blows air into the room. Ductless mini-splits are made to be ultra energy-efficient, and they’re powered by electricity.
Having a mini-split heat pump installation team install a unit in your coldest room will take some of the burden off your main HVAC system, which will help lower your heating costs.
Make sure you schedule an HVAC tune-up once a year. This is a good idea for all homeowners but is even more important in an older home with aging HVAC equipment.
During a tune-up, your HVAC technician will inspect your system to help reduce wear and tear. They’ll make sure everything is clean, safe and they’ll also help to detect problems early when they’re easiest to repair. This helps your heating system to put out ultimate comfort levels at peak efficiency..
Adding insulation to your older home will help reduce the amount of heat that escapes. This will reduce the burden on your heater while also helping your home feel warmer, all winter long.
You can add an extra layer of insulation to your attic, replace worn weatherstripping around doors and windows, and seal any cracks in your foundation. If your older home is lacking insulation between the walls, consider having blow-in insulation installed. You’ll have to spend a little money up-front, but you’ll earn it back in the form of energy savings.
If you have external HVAC equipment, such as for a ductless mini-split unit, make sure you keep ice and snow away from the equipment during the winter. Snow can reduce airflow to the system, resulting in a loss of efficiency. Ice buildup can even cause your heater to break and fail. Shovel around your equipment each time it snows, and make sure it’s not under a leaking gutter or in a low spot where water pools.
Heating an older home doesn’t have to cost a fortune, and you don’t need to shiver away the winter, either. Implement the tips above, and consider adding a ductless mini-split unit to your home. The central heat and air installation technicians at H & H Heating & Air Conditioning would be happy to help. We also offer home HVAC repair, maintenance, and more, so contact us soon.