Written on: October 23, 2023
If you have a modern heating system and you’ve have been diligent about getting regular tune-up service done, you’re well ahead of most folks when it comes to maintaining heating oil efficiency during the winter.
But why stop there? It also makes sense to look beyond your boiler or furnace and find other ways to make your home as energy efficient as possible. Here are some cost-effective ways to help you conserve energy.
We’ve put together a round-up of what you can do to stop cold air from getting into your home–and warm air from going out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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