In the winter months, your heating system plays a critical role in your comfort and energy bill. Heating your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home — typically making up about 42% of your utility bill.

Heating systems have three basic components: the heat source, the heat distribution system, and the control system. If your heating system isn’t working properly, one of the basic components could be the problem.

  • The heat source –most commonly a furnace, boiler or heat pump provides warm air or water to a home.
  • The heat distribution — forced air or radiators move warm air, steam or hot water through the home.
  • The control system – thermostats regulate the amount of heat distributed.

Ways to Save:  No matter what kind of heating system you have in your house, you can save money and increase your comfort by properly maintaining and upgrading your equipment. But remember, an energy-efficient furnace alone will not have as great an impact on your energy bills as using the whole-house approach. By combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with recommended insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, you can save about 30% on your energy bill while reducing environmental emissions.


These tips, along with many others, can be found at  to help you stay warm and save.