No matter the type of home heating system you use, efficiency is key. Not only will it help you save money, but it’s more environmentally friendly to have an efficient system. If you have an oil heating system, there are a few things that you can do to make sure it runs smoothly, heats effectively, and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Here are a few tips for how to be more efficient with your home heating oil.
Insulate, Insulate, Insulate
Regardless of your heating system, having excellent insulation in your home is vital to keeping an even temperature that’s easy to manage. Insulation in the attic will go a long way to keeping heat from escaping out of the roof. Underfloor insulation also helps to keep rooms at a steady temperature. If your exterior walls have poor insulation or no insulation at all, an insulation specialist may be able to add spray foam insulation without having to break down any drywall. Don’t forget to insulate pipes; this will keep pipes warm during the winter months and help retain heat.
Weatherproof Doors and Windows
Weatherproofing is an excellent way to keep your home heating oil system efficient this winter. Focus on doors and windows since these are entry points for outside air. Weatherstripping and caulk should be applied around the edges to block any cracks or gaps. The windows themselves can be covered with a specialty plastic film that will further insulate it from drafts.
Adjust the Thermostat
Even a small adjustment of the thermostat temperature can result in savings on your heating costs. And the better your insulation, the more you can adjust and still stay at a comfortable indoor temperature. If it’s not feasible for you to lower the temperature consistently, try lowering it just at night or during the day when no one is home. Likewise, you can lower the thermostat if you’re away for the holidays; just make sure to keep it high enough that your pipes won’t freeze if temperatures drop while you’re away from home.
Replace Old Systems
Sometimes, there’s just not much more you can do to make a heating system efficient enough if it’s too old. Older heating systems of any type will be less energy-efficient and will cost more to run. While it’s a significant cost upfront, upgrading to a new system will save you tons of money in the long run since they’re more efficient and energy-conscious.
Get a Tune-up
If your heating system isn’t that old but still isn’t performing ideally, it may just need a tune-up from the pros. An extensive service will get your home heating oil system cleaned and adjusted, so it requires less oil to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. A tune-up and inspection should include checking all supply lines, the pump motor, blower, flute, and gaskets.
Getting the most out of your home heating oil might require advice and assistance from experts like our team at Interstate Gas & Oil. Get in touch today to discover how your specific heating oil system could benefit from a visit from the pros! Give us a call today or fill out our online contact form.