January can present a devilish dilemma for many of us. Plunging winter temperatures mean that families rely more than ever on their furnaces and boilers, but paying the bills for all that heat can take a big bite out of the monthly budget. Fortunately, there are a number of tactics that homeowners can try to save money on their heat and air conditioning bills. For families who use radiators, there are some very simple hacks that can cut down on energy waste in the wintertime. Read on to learn more.
Upgrades to Your Heat and Air Conditioning System
A recent article in the New York Times explained a problem common to many people who live in apartment buildings -- the boilers have to work so hard to pump steam or hot water to dwellings on the upper floors that the lower apartments end up overheated. Residents then have to open the windows to get relief from the billowing heat, an absurd situation in the middle of winter, not to mention a massive waste of energy.
Fortunately, there are some fixes to radiators that can help improve efficiency and ensure that rooms are heated appropriately. A study performed by Energy Efficiency for All suggested changes that can be performed by a heat and air conditioning professional to stem the unnecessary waste of heat energy. Best of all, some of these upgrades can help whether you live in a multi-unit apartment building or a single family home.
Orifice Plates, Insulation and Control Knobs
One of the fixes is nothing more than a plate that an HVAC technician installs into the radiator valve to limit the amount of steam that can pass through. That means even if the boiler is working harder than it needs to, the room won’t heat up excessively. The component, called an orifice plate, only takes a few minutes to insert into any radiators that are causing excess heat problems.
Other ways you can improve the performance of your radiators is to use better insulation and more accurate thermostats that correctly respond to the temperature inside the building. Another option is to add a knob so you can control the temperature of individual radiators instead of setting one temperature for the entire home or building.
Expert Heat and Air Conditioning Care
Of course, if you continue having problems with your boiler or radiator, the best solution may be to replace the unit altogether in favor of a new, energy-efficient model. In some cases, you may be able to eventually make up your initial investment through energy savings when you swap out an old unit for more modern equipment.
For help improving or upgrading your boiler, call a heat and air conditioning expert today.