Winter is just around the corner in the Kansas City area, and it’s the perfect time to install a new furnace if you think your heating system needs an upgrade. Many homeowners wait until their current unit is beyond repair to replace it but this can be a risky choice. Imagine your furnace stops working on the coldest day of the year. Are you prepared to wait for installation in a freezing home?
It makes intuitive sense that if you close off rooms during the winter, you will be heating a smaller amount of your home and therefore saving money. Unfortunately, listening to your intuition here could be setting you up for some unexpected results. As it turns out, closing rooms to conserve energy may actually increase the energy used by your HVAC system, while degrading performance.
Air source heat pumps are environmentally friendly systems that can efficiently heat and cool your Kansas City area home. A well-maintained air-source heat pump uses approximately a third of the electrical energy that a regular electric resistance heater does, and when in cooling mode rivals the performance of high-efficiency air conditioners. This translates to lower electricity bills for the homeowners who have installed these systems in their homes.
You have a lot invested in your air conditioning unit, so it’s only natural to want to take the best possible care of the outside A/C condensing unit. For Midwesterners, this means covering the unit to protect it from harsh winter weather.
Living in the Greater Kansas City area, you’ll want to make sure that your home is as energy efficient as possible as colder weather moves in. There are many ways to do this, from installing a programmable thermostat to adding attic insulation. However, no matter how efficient your heating system might be, you could be losing a lot of your conditioned air because of leaks or other problems in your ductwork. The federal government estimates that ductwork leaks can cost homes as much … Continue reading