Apartments with radiators can consider heat “reflectors,” foil or metal sheets that fit behind the radiator and direct heat away from the wall and into the room.
WhenShould I replace my heating system?
HeatingSystems typically last between 12 and 20 years depending on their type. ButPeople often wait until the systems give up before they replace them. Mr. Anderson said. IfIf yours is beyond its prime, you might be interested in getting quotes for a replacement. TheThe cost of replacing the unit on an emergency basis will likely be higher if it fails during winter. UpgradingAccording to the Energy Savings Trust, a more efficient heating system can help you save up to 20% on your energy costs. Energy Star.
Replacing a furnace costs roughly $2,700 to $6,400 — more if you choose a high-efficiency model or if your ductwork needs repair, according to HomeAdvisor, a contractor-matching service.
“You’ll have to spend money upfront, but you’ll save money for a long time to come,” said David NemtzowDirector of the Energy Department’s building technologies office.
You may be able to pay for the upgrade via an “energy efficient mortgage” by wrapping the cost into a refinancing of your home, said Steve BadenThe executive director of the Residential Energy Services NetworkRESNET (or ), is the standard for and Promotes home energy efficiency and focuses on new construction. BorrowersLenders often consider the utility savings value to determine whether they can offer more favorable financing terms. DetailsThese are available starting at Energy StarAnd Fannie Mae.
TaxCredits are also available for those who upgrade to a more efficient heating or water heater.
At the very least, have your heating system inspected to be sure it’s functioning well before cold weather arrives. A professional will inspect the electrical connections, oil moving parts, and possibly change the filter (which professionals recommend you do at least once every four months). “It’s worth it to get a tuneup,” Mr. Anderson said.
WhatAre there other steps I could take?
RememberWhat advice did your father give you when you were young? “Put on a sweater!” OrAs a video, from Energy Department advises: “GrabA blanket. InvestIn a new pair of slippers. Make yourself a cup of tea.” It may take a while for your body to adapt, the department says, but you’ll appreciate the savings on your heating bill.
Source: NY Times