Maintaining Heating Oil Efficiency During Winter

Date: December 20, 2023

Advice for Conserving Fuel, Lowering Heating Costs

heating oil efficiency massachusetts Besides partnering with your home heating oil company to replace old, worn-out heating equipment and scheduling regular heating system maintenance, you can do your own self-audit to find areas where you can make efficiency improvements. Here are some suggestions.

Weatherize and Insulate

Caulk any air leaks around exterior doors and windows. While you’re at it, replace weatherstripping that might have worn away.

Also, consider hiring an expert to evaluate the insulation levels in your home. Most homes are under-insulated, especially in the attic. Adding enough insulation to meet recommended R-values is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve your home’s overall efficiency and comfort.

Use Ceiling Fans During Winter

As you know, using ceiling fans will help you feel cooler in the summer even with your thermostat set at a higher temperature. But did you know you can also use them during the winter to push down warm air trapped near the ceiling? By doing this, you can use less heating oil and still feel warm.

Change the Furnace Air Filter Regularly

If you have a warm-air system (furnace), check your air filter regularly, cleaning or changing it when needed. A clogged, dirty filter robs your furnace of efficiency by making it overwork to keep your home warm. That means higher heating bills and more wear and tear on your furnace. The same principle about air filters applies in the summer if you have a central air conditioning system.

Use FREE Solar Heat

During the cold months, keep curtains and shades open in sun-exposed rooms to absorb all that free solar heat energy during the day. Don’t forget to close your shades and blinds at night so you can retain some of the heat you gained.

Close Fireplace Dampers, Don’t Block Radiators

An open fireplace damper is like an open window; close it when you are not using your hearth so heated air doesn’t go up your chimney. You should also move any furniture, draperies or rugs away from your radiators, baseboards or heating vents. This helps improve air flow and keeps heat freely circulating into rooms.

Use A Smart Programmable Thermostat

Investing in a smart programmable thermostat pays off. You’ll save both time and money. When used correctly, a smart thermostat can pay for itself in just a short time. If you choose a Wi-Fi thermostat, you can control your home’s temperature from your smartphone.
In the winter, the optimal setting is 68°F when you’re at home. Program this setting down to the 60°F range when you’re asleep or out of the house. According to the U.S., Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for eight hours a day from its normal setting.

Trust Your Energy Savings Partner

Learn about how you can impact your home’s energy efficiency in a big way with a new furnace installation or new boiler installation.

When you combine a new heating oil system with renewable clean-burning Bioheat® fuel, you’ll have a double win. Your local heating oil dealer is an expert in recommending and servicing a variety of different heating oil equipment. They will be able to install the equipment that will be best suited for your home and your budget. Consider them your energy savings partner.