Home Heating Systems
The right heating system can help make a house a home by keeping it warm and cozy through the erratic Atlantic Coast winters. Whether you are searching for assistance maintaining your existing system, or are searching for a new system, B.M.C./Clower is ready to help you maintain a comfortable home.
Maximizing the Efficiency and Longevity of Your Heating System
For those homeowners looking to maintain an older system, we will work closely with you on a regular maintenance schedule, caring for and sustaining your most critical comfort asset. As our technicians follow our predefined maintenance programs checking for leaks, debris and worn out parts, they are much more likely to catch potential problems before they occur, often times stopping them before they develop into something more serious.
Our years of experience have taught us that buildups and worn parts are the simple issues that can turn into expensive repairs and emergency calls down the road. That’s why we want to work with you to maximize the efficiency and longevity of your heating system.
Installing a New Heating System
For those homeowners building a new home or upgrading to a new heating system, we are ready to carefully survey your structure and help you consider the importance of:
- Air quality
- Energy/environmental concerns regarding your new heating system
Thanks to the great relationships we have developed with some of the most trusted brands in the industry, we can offer a wide range of Carrier and Lennox equipment, including heat pumps, boilers, fan coils, gas, oil and electric furnaces and geothermal systems.
Things to Consider for New Home Heating Systems
There are 3 primary decisions to make when considering installing a new high-efficiency home heating system:
1. Fuel Type
Fuel type is based mostly on personal preference and geographical location. Depending on your location, certain options, such as natural gas, may not be available to you.
Efficiency is simply the amount of energy used to heat the home…the greater the efficiency, the less energy it will take to heat the home. There is a generally a relative tradeoff between system cost and the cost of ongoing energy consumption: older gas or oil furnaces can be as little as 60% efficient, while electric furnaces can be as high as 100%
Size is relatively easy to calculate, but should always be performed by an experienced professional, considering room types, room sizes, insulation, location, etc. It is critical to properly size the unit for your individual home as oversized units tend to waste energy and undersized units aren’t able to deliver the desired comfort level.
Calculating Your Return on Investment
To compare the return on your investment, use this equation:
Return on Investment (in years) =
Extra Cost ($)
Annual Savings ($/year)
If your current furnace is 75% efficient and your current heating bill is $100/month ($1,200/year), a new furnace that is 90% efficient could reduce your bill to $1,000/year at 90% efficiency ($1,200 x .75/.90), saving you about $200/year. If the new, more efficient heating system is $1,000, your return on investment would be realized in 5 years ($1,000/$200/year = 5 years)…and, if fuel costs continue to rise, your return on investment will be realized even sooner.
Regardless of your heating system needs, B.M.C./Clower wants to work with you to ensure affordable comfort in your home.
5 Tips to Help You Save on Your Energy Bill
With energy prices on a steady rise, it’s important to maximize the return on your heating system. Here are 5 quick tips to help you save on your heating bills.
- Lower your thermostat by 5 to 10%. Chances are, you won’t notice the difference in comfort, but you will realize the difference in your energy bill.
- Work with your window coverings.Be sure to open your curtains and blinds during the day to let the sun help with heating. Likewise, be sure to close your curtains and blinds at night to keep the warmth in.
- Check for leaks. Use a candle and walk carefully around your house, holding it near windows, doors, outlets and fixtures to find and seal air leaks.
- Conserve and reuse. When cooking or taking a shower, keep the doors open so the warmth can slowly spread between rooms.
- Protect your investment. Make sure your heating system is operating efficiently by changing filters and scheduling an annual checkup and duct cleaning.