Deciding exactly how you want to heat your home can be a surprisingly difficult choice these days. Everything from the type of heating system you choose (of which there are now many), to the temperature you set your thermostat can have an impact.
So what’s the best way to know the ideal methods of keeping your home warm? Cold, hard facts! Follow along with the pros at Kellermeier Plumbing & Heating while we divulge some of the most important home heating statistics you need to know.
General Home Heating Statistics
- On thermostat settings. Each degree you set your thermostat by can account for a 10% or more increase in the energy used by your system.
- How much you stand to save. Information provided by the Department of Energy suggests that each degree you set your thermostat can save you a minimum of 3% on your heating bill, and upwards of 5% or more.
- How much heating typically costs. Current studies show roughly 41% of energy or fuel costs being accounted for by home heating equipment, with similar numbers showing for cooling as well.
- Average annual costs of heating nationwide. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimated winter household heating costs average $578 for natural gas homes, $1,437 for propane, $930 for electric furnace users, and $1,392 for heating oil users.
- Furnaces and boilers are the most popular. For home heating, the vast majority of American homeowners use furnaces or boiler heating, with a larger percentage trending toward furnaces. This number is seeing change, however, as heat pumps are rising in popularity.
- Heat pumps are on the rise. Homes that chose to install a heat pump in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships found that the annual savings when using an air-source heat pump are around 3,000 kWh (or $459) compared to traditional electric furnace heat.
- Geothermal units are the most efficient on the market (by miles!). The efficiency of a geothermal heat pump (GHP for short) can reach ratings of up to 400%! That’s nearly double an air source heat pump, and triple or quadruple a standard electric furnace.
What Do the Stats Mean?
So aside from being a fairly interesting read, what’s the point to be had in all of these stats? Well, primarily to help you decide what’s best for you! You have to remember that statistics are useful, but overall when shopping for a new heating system installation you have to choose according to your needs.
Do you want something hugely efficient and long-lived like a geothermal unit? Awesome! But are you on a tighter budget? Then an air-source heat pump might be more in the range you’ve been wanting! Statistics are best used to help you gather information and make an educated decision on what meets your comfort needs best, so with a bit of critical thinking you can get a better feel for sifting through the market. Again, your geographic location, budget, home, and other unique factors about your situation are always important to consider. There is no “best” heating system—but these facts in conjunction with your situation can make you much more informed.
Heating Installation and Heating Services in Toledo, Bowling Green, and the Surrounding Area in Ohio
Even though compiling useful information is a great way to get started, the most important thing you can do is to choose to work with heating experts that understand your needs. Local experts that are state certified and licensed can help you really hone in on your best options. And for that and more, Kellermeier Plumbing & Heating is happy to help. Contact our specialists online today to find out more about our heating services!