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Savings Tips

Turn down the heat, layer up

During winter, Invest in a cozy hoodie and socks to keep you warmer. You can save about 2% of your heating bill for each degree that you lower the thermostat.

Invest in a smart thermostat

Smart thermostats learn your heating and cooling preferences and adjust your temperature accordingly. Learn more and see incentives here. 

Clean/replace filters

A clogged HVAC filter inhibits air flow - a clean filter is the most efficient. 

Utilize window curtains

During winter, allow sunlight into home , then close them at night to retain the heat. During hot days, do the reverse. 

Make space for circulation

Keep warm-air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators clean and clear of furniture, carpeting and drapes

Insulate, Insulate, Insulate!

Insulation

Insulation is a two-way shield that ensures that no air is escaping through the attic, ceiling, vents, floor, or walls.  It will help you keep the desired temperature in your house all year round. Learn more about insulation here. 

 

Insulation effectiveness is conveyed using an 'R-value' - the higher the R-value, the greater the more effective. The R-value depends on the type of insulation, its thickness and its density.

Check your insulation and install where missing, or replace it if it’s below these “R” values:

R-30 for ceilings; R-11 for walls; and R-19 for floors.

Click here to talk to an expert and click here to see insulation rebates. 

Air sealing & weatherization

Adding insulation and filling gaps around doors and windows with caulk, spray foam and batting are some of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to reduce wasteful air leakage.

 

Sealing reduces leaks and drafts by creating a controlled barrier between inside and outside air. This prevents heated or cold air from escaping your home, therefore putting less pressure on your heating and/or cooling appliance.

Don't wait! Make a plan.

Has it been 10-15 years since you last got an HVAC system?
If so, it's time to consider making an upgrade plan

What are my HVAC options?

Ducted vs Ductless

When to choose ducted:
  • Your space has existing ducts
  • You want better air circulation
  • You want to have a sleeker look -ducted units blow air through ducts whereas ductless units can be bulkier
When to choose ductless:
  • There’s no room for ducts in the walls or ceilings
  • You’re adding to a space without existing ducts
  • You want to decrease dust

Explore systems below

Want help figuring out which system best suits your needs?

Get FREE, unbiased advice from a BayREN home energy advisor. Click here to begin.

Central Heat Pump (Ducted)


Central Heat Pumps are ducted systems that efficiently heat and cool your home. Heat pump technology extracts heat from one place and transfers it to another. During the summer time, heat pumps capture the heat inside your home and send it outside via an environmentally-friendly refrigerant line, leaving cool air inside your home. During the colder months, this process is reversed. Although these units carry a high initial cost, a heat pump can save you 30%-40% on your heating and cooling bills because they are so efficient. In order to accomidate a heat pump, you may need to upgrade your home's electrical panel - talk with a BayREN home energy advisor for more information. Click here to learn more about Air to Air Central Heat Pumps Click here to see available incentives.




Mini Split Heat Pump (Ductless)


Ductless Mini Split Heat Pumps are ductless systems that efficiently heat and cool your home. Heat pump technology extracts heat from one place and transfers it to another. During the summer time, heat pumps capture the heat inside your home and send it outside via an environmentally-friendly refrigerant line, leaving cool air inside your home. During the colder months, this process is reversed. Due to their efficiency, heat pumps can save you 30%-40% on your heating and cooling bills. In order to accomidate a heat pump, you may need to upgrade your home's electrical panel - talk with a BayREN home energy advisor for more information. Click here to learn more about ductless mini split heat pumps. Click here to see available incentives.




Electric Furnace (Ducted)


An electric furnace is a ducted heating system. Electric furnaces are inefficient compared to other heating systems such as heat pumps and can be expensive to operate but they have the potential to be paired with a solar panel system. Click here to learn more about electric furnaces.




Solar Hot Water Space Heater (Ductless)


Solar hot water space heaters are solar heat collectors that use sunlight to heat water, that is then transferred to the interior of the building for space heating. The collectors can be flat plate collectors, evacuated tube collectors, or concentrated solar collectors. A system usually includes insulated hot water storage tanks to store heat for when it's needed. This kind of system works best with radiant hydronic heating if the required water temperature for heat distribution is relatively low, around 95 to 115 degrees fahrenheit. Click here to learn more about solar hot water space heaters.




Hot Water Baseboards (Ductless)


Hot water baseboards use hot water in long pipes along the base of the wall, with small fins on the pipes to conduct heat to the air in the room. They are commonly referred to as hydronic baseboards and are similar in look to electric baseboard heaters but distribute heat differently. There is potential for air to water heat pumps to aid with the system's efficiency. Click here to learn more about hot water baseboards.




Electric Radiant Floors (Ductless)


Electric radiant floors are a heat distribution system that uses electric resistance heaters, essentially a mat of wires, to heat up the floor, which then radiates heat into the room. Floor heating mats can be purchased in various sizes, and are relatively easy to install under various floor finishes, including wood, tile, or embedded in concrete. Click here to learn more about Electric Radiant Floors




Central Air Conditioning (Ducted)


A central air conditioner is a ducted system that cools your home. Click here to learn more about central air conditioning.
Click here to see available tax credits.




Smart Thermostat


A smart thermostat is a home automation device that controls your heating and cooling system. Smart thermostats can learn your patterns and preferences and automatically adjust the temperature accordingly. Many offer remote access to control the device with your mobile phone. By intelligently managing your temperatures, smart thermostats can save you an average of $180 per year. Click here to learn more about smart thermostats. Click here to see incentives.