While boilers aren’t the most common heaters used in our country, they sure are effective. The heating supplied by a boiler can be much more comfortable than that of a furnace. Plus, boilers have much less moving parts, making them less prone to needing repairs and maintenance. There’s not much to dislike about them.
But like any heating system, its efficiency and ability to perform relies solely on its owner. Without the right habits, your boiler won’t be able to live up to its potential for efficiency. But we can help you with a few tips:
The first thing is to ensure that your boiler is in good shape, and that’s through scheduling a maintenance check. No amount of energy-saving tactics will help you if your heater is in need of boiler repair in Santa Cruz, CA. It would be the same as trying to run a mile while you have a cold!
Maintenance is only required once a year, so if you’ve already gotten maintenance this season, you should be set. If not, then that means you’re overdue. We suggest calling in for a tune-up at your earliest convenience.
Even if your boiler doesn’t appear to be showing any visible signs of damage, you just can’t know for sure without that tune-up. Allowing your boiler to operate in such a state could invite the risk of further damage, as well as raising your heating bill.
Better Usage Habits
After you’ve got your system checked out, you’ll then move into improving your own heating habits in the home.
- Thermostat usage: One of the main challenges in keeping your home efficient is simply reducing your use of the thermostat. While we don’t believe homeowners should have to suffer by keeping the thermostat as low as possible, we do encourage them to use the programming and scheduling functions to use energy more wisely.
- Energy-saving tactics: Anything from bundling up with more blankets to using more rugs will fit into this category. There are more tactics than we can fit into one post on the subject, so it’s best to do your own research on this front.
You can only try so many energy-saving tactics before it becomes unfeasible. Plus, what’s the point of having a heater if you have to constantly try and avoid using it? If you’ve done the above and still want to squeeze more out of your system for the least amount of spending, that’s when we recommend upgrading your thermostat. In particular, we’re talking about smart thermostats.
Smart thermostats help by removing the factor that most dramatically reduces efficiency: the human element!
It’s in our human nature to want to fiddle with our thermostats through the day. Instead of taking it upon yourself to make that change, you can rely on the automatic functions of these thermostats. By learning your behaviors and preferences, these thermostats can anticipate when you want the heat turned up. At the same time, they can ensure that you stay within your energy-saving goals.
Need help with improving your boiler’s efficiency? We’re happy to help. Contact California Radiant today to speak with an expert.