Homeowners in and around Boston deal with icy cold winters, and reasonably want the most out of their home heating systems. Here are a few tips you can use to save money on heating oil, step up your home’s energy efficiency, and increase your comfort in Massachusetts this year.
Schedule Your Tune-Up
Genove’s certified service technicians are trained to boost your furnace or boiler’s efficiency when you get your annual tune-up, saving you money on fuel and decreasing your carbon footprint. Tune-ups also extend the lifespan of your heating equipment, making it last longer and costing you less on new installations. Be sure to ask if your system filters need to be replaced, too: new filters can make a big difference in equipment efficiency and cost savings.
Seal Air Leaks
Seams under doors or around window frames let out more warm air than you might think. Be sure to insulate windows, doors, and attics to keep the warm air inside where it belongs. Installing a draft-stopper under your door or weather stripping around it can increase the insulation of your home, keeping it warmer.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
These money-saving gadgets are easy to install, use, and program. According to the EPA, turning your thermostat down 10 degrees overnight can save you 10% on your heating bill each year. You could double these savings by turning down the temperature while you’re at work, too. Our service team can install these thermostats and show you how to use them, helping you start saving today.
Switch Direction of Ceiling Fan
In the heating season, you should run your fan on a slow, clockwise rotation. The fan will draw room-temperature air upward, forcing the risen, heated air back down to the living area. This results in a warmer place for your family to enjoy.
Take Advantage of Zoning
Zone heating involves blocking off certain areas of your home to keep cooler, allowing your furnace or boiler to concentrate on the most important areas. Many families are comfortable sleeping in cooler temperatures, so bedrooms are often a good place to block off. The less rooms you heat, the more money you save.
Want More Tips?
We hope you found these hints helpful. If you’d like to schedule service or learn more about how to get the most from your heating system this winter, be sure to contact the experts at Genove Oil & Air. We’ll be sure to respond promptly to you, our valued customer.