Augmenting Your Home's Heating System

Posted on: 2 August 2015

Most modern homes are built with some kind of central heating unit, but the cost to operate an HVAC system can sometimes be excessive. As a result, it can be in your best interest financially to find low cost ways of augmenting or supplementing your central heat source. Some of the easiest options to implement are a bit low-tech, and will turn your efforts into savings.

Fireplaces and Freestanding Stoves

Fire is the most primordial form of heat around, so properly harnessing it can make a huge difference in the cost of heating your home. If your home already has a fireplace, then your task becomes all about maintaining it and keeping it fed with wood. The most cost effective means of feeding a wood fireplace is by cutting, hauling and splitting your own wood, so look for neighbors, family members or co-workers who have trees they need removed. You'll end up with free wood, and they'll get the tree gone without paying a crew.

If you don't already have a fireplace in your home, the easiest way to add one is with a freestanding stove placed on a stone pad in a central room. These require only a chimney pipe and a hole through which to feed it, and can be fed either by compressed wood pellets or more traditional logs. In either case, the effectiveness of heating this way is down to the movement of air in your home, so it's a good idea to invest in fans.

Air Circulation

Regardless of how you heat your home, whether with your central HVAC or a fireplace, keeping the air moving will help to improve the efficiency of your efforts. By keeping the warm air in your home moving you'll heat a larger volume of it, and spend less energy doing so. Good fans are essential to this, especially ceiling fans which can change the direction of their air flow.

When heating a space, remember that the goal is to circulate air, and it's essential that ceiling fans draw cool air up toward the ceiling where hot air tends to migrate. Cooler air near the floor will displace warm air near the ceiling, forcing it down where you want it. As a result, rooms will feel warmer and your HVAC won't work as hard, all without blasting you with a cool breeze in the winter.

Caring for or installing a fireplace can be a good deal of work, so look for a professional to help. Installing a ceiling fan can be a good deal simpler, but may require an electrician to run power to it. Both can make a major difference in the efficiency of your heating system and the cost of keeping your home warm in the winter.

For more information, contact a company like Nathan's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.