Here are some key efficiency tips:
- Weatherization of your home is a great place to improve heating efficiency; drafts can waste 5-30% of your home heating energy, learn more about sealing/insulating and other improvement ideas
- If using wood
- Use well seasoned dry wood with 20% moisture burns most efficiently and results in less creosote
- Hardwood burns the best; never burn treated wood
- Use sustainably harvested wood to reduce your carbon footprint
- Learn more about safe and efficient wood burning here.
- For gas and oil furnaces following the recommended maintenance schedules will ensure proper operation, while other improvements could improve efficiency
For those who can consider changing their current home heating system here are some facts:
- Newer EPA certified wood burning stoves – are 50% more efficient, use 1/3 less wood for the same heat, and reduce particulate pollution by up to 70%.
- EPA ENERGY STAR qualified oil and gas furnaces are up to 15% more efficient than standard models and have highly efficient blower motors.
Eliminating home inefficient heating sources that cost you extra money and cause unwanted air pollution is one important step to assuring that New Hampshire’s children and adults breathe healthy air.
Georgia Murray is a scientist mom working to connect people and science through Mountain Watch, a citizen-science program that focuses on outdoor activities related to air quality and climate. She oversees the air and water quality science and policy work for the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), a non-profit organization that’s mission is to promote the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Appalachian region. She has a Masters in Earth Science from UNH and lives with her family in Conway, NH.