Materials & Technology

Lowering heating bills for the winter months

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 10:03

The high heating costs during winter months can sometimes cripple a family and limit the resources that are available to these individuals for other necessities. By using the right technology and strategies for reducing electricity consumption, homeowners can save money during these turbulent times.

A radiant heating system installed in a typical American home can allow for a 25 percent savings on energy costs over a conventional air heated residence. A study done by Kansas State University and the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) established this number.

The system limits the parasitic losses that inefficient technology generally accounts for. Heat is often lost through the walls of air ducts, heating vents and wherever leaks may occur in the passage of the warm air on conventional heaters.

Parasitic losses add up in forced air systems, as the total decrease in efficiency can be as high as 30 percent compared to a radiant heating system.

Smart Money reported that higher fuel prices and gas costs have made heating a home more expensive for many families, necessitating the use of efficient systems and technology.

According to the news source, caulk and sealing kits are cheap and simple to use, and the closing of cracks and holes in the insulation, window junctures and doorways of a home can significantly reduce the amount of heat that is necessary for every residence.

Get Rich Slowly reported that installing new technology may lead to a high up-front cost, but the long term savings will justify the purchase in several years. Energy-efficient programs are available in states around the country, and homeowners can take out loans for little-to-no interest.

Upgrading windows, insulation and heating systems are can also help to improve the value of the home, according to the news source.