How to Tell If Your Heater Is Energy-Efficient

Heating and cooling rooms create 38% of greenhouse gas emissions from residential homes.

With the importance of reducing energy consumption at the forefront of everyone’s minds today, that number is no joke. An inefficient heater can cost more money for you while also causing a huge negative impact on the environment.

So how do you know whether or not you have an energy-efficient heater? And how can you fix this issue to save your wallet and the environment? We’re here to tell you just that.

Find Your AFUE Rating

The first thing you should check to see if you have an energy-efficient heater is your annual fuel utilization efficiency or AFUE. This percentage tells you how efficiently your heater turns fuel into energy. A higher percentage indicates higher efficiency.

You can find your AFUE rating in the user manual for your heater, or on any stickers inside the unit. A high-efficiency heater will have a percentage of 90 or higher. If you don’t live in a hot climate, 80% will usually work fine.


Check Your Bills

Make sure you monitor how much your heating bills cost every month. A sudden spike in costs can help you determine whether your heater is working well. If your heater is less efficient, it will take more energy to heat the same space, leading to higher bills.

Always consider the season when checking on your bills. You will likely use your heater more often in the winter months, so your bill will be higher. Compare last year’s bill to the previous year.

Know Your Heater’s Age

Your heater efficiency will heavily depend on your heater’s age. Most heaters last from 15 to 20 years. Some last an even shorter time without regular maintenance and repairs, which make your components wear down faster.

Even if you maintain your heater well, your energy efficiency rate can still decline up to 5% each year. Age and frequent use can degrade your heater components as well.

If your heater is more than 15 years old, it’s most likely time for a replacement.

Improve Your Energy-Efficient Heater

There are a few ways to improve your energy efficiency, including:

  • Replace your HVAC filters. A clogged filter causes your heater to work harder and keeps air from circulating in your home.
  • Install more insulation. If nothing is wrong with your heater, more insulation in your walls will ensure hot air stays inside your home.
  • Buy a programmable thermostat. These will automatically adjust your heater so you only use enough energy as you need.

When in Doubt, Call a Professional

Now you should have a better understanding of what makes an energy-efficient heater. Keeping track of all things will help you save money on your bills each month and save the planet.

When your heater needs repairing or replacing, contact Air Pro Mechanical Services for a free estimate. We work with all types of heaters and air conditioning units to complete any HVAC services you may need.