Energy Efficient Heating

One of the main reasons for the success of the human race is our adaptability. Both weather and nature can come in various extremes that require us to modify our surroundings in order to survive, let alone, live comfortably in the many environments of our planet. More often than not, geography plays a big part in what our demands are concerning our surroundings, with hotter environments calling for cooling and ventilation, and colder climates needing a fair amount of heat in order to be livable. Trying to balance the costs of regulating a building's temperature with the requirements needed to be able to function comfortably in any environment often boils down to energy efficiency.

Those who live in colder climates know that heating a home or a building can become quite expensive if your heating system is inefficient. Whether it be a system relying on an oil or gas, an electric heat pump or a geothermal heating unit, the less effectively it is able to regulate heat around your home, the more fuel and energy it needs to reach your desired temperature. A system not fully optimized may only be wasting a small amount of energy, but it does add up in the long run, and the unnecessary additional costs of a system that isn't optimized at all would be quite obvious to anyone who does a relative comparison.

There are several factors that are involved in determining the efficiency of a heating system. Of course you really shouldn't have to worry about the specific details, as there are rating systems in place that can measure the efficiency of your heating unit. The SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio for example, rates the average efficiency of a heat pump or air conditioner's cooling / heating process; The AFUE or Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency measures how much fuel your oil or gas furnace uses in heating your home and how much of it is wasted; The HSPF or Heating Seasonal Performance Factor rates the efficiency of heat pumps, and the EER or Energy Efficiency Rating and the COP or Coefficient of Performance determines how efficient your geothermal heating system is. The higher these numbers are, relative to the type of heating system you have, the more efficient your unit is. When choosing a heating system of any type, it is wise to first check their individual ratings to see how they compare with other systems.

The importance of a heating system in colder climates is as such, that they have become indispensable to those wishing to live in areas that have cold weather. This means that providing for fuel and energy costs for heating is all but inescapable, but as long as you have a unit that performs at top efficiency, you won't have to pay any more than is necessary. Energy efficient heating not only saves you money, it also lessens the impact of your unit to the environment. If you're in the market for a heating system, whether as a first time purchase or to replace an older unit, it is best to keep energy efficiency in mind as a factor in considering your choice. In all cases, it would be the wisest decision you would make in the long run.

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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

excellent advice.. sharing your hub


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Better Yourself 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Debbie! :)

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