The holidays are here! Is saving money on the top of your winter wish list? Luckily for Massachusetts residents, there are easy ways to prep for chilly temperatures that will lower heating costs and save energy all season long. Use these industry-approved tips to get your home ready for the cold months ahead so that you can spend time celebrating with your loved ones, not worrying about energy bills!
1. Seal Drafts
Windows and doors are often the culprits of air leaks. Don’t let your valuable heating fuel go to waste! Inspect these common areas for drafts. Add caulk or weatherstripping to seal any leaks and prevent precious heat from escaping outdoors.
2. Schedule a Tune-Up
Did you know that one yearly visit from a Genove Oil & Air heating specialist can lower annual energy costs up to 10%? An annual tune-up will help your heating system operate at peak efficiency. An added bonus: routine maintenance is able to reduce the likelihood of costly mid-season breakdowns.
3. Let the Light In
Open south-facing curtains during the daytime to let the natural sunlight warm your living space. This way, your heating equipment won’t have to work as hard. After the sun sets, close the curtains to keep the heat in and the evening air out.
4. Install a Programmable Thermostat
Adding a programmable thermostat is another hands-free way to save energy. Simply program your thermostat to automatically lower the temperature during times that you are out of the house or asleep. This will conserve heating fuel and give your heating equipment a break.
5. Consider an Upgrade
Like any type of machinery, the capabilities of your heating system will decline over time. If your current equipment is 15 years or older you can significantly lower your heating bills by upgrading to a high-efficiency model. High-efficiency heating systems operate more effectively and can save you money on repairs and service calls.
Knock these steps off your winter to-do list before holiday celebrations are in full swing! Genove Oil & Air is here to help. Contact us to learn more about saving energy or schedule service.