The tips provided below can help you maintain a safe, energy efficient heating and cooling system.
Change or clean filters at least once every three months and keep the fan compartment door tightly closed.
Leave your pilot light on year round
If you are heating with propane or natural gas, leave your pilot light on year-round. This prevents condensation from building up in your heat exchanger.
Check chimney and appliance vents
Check the chimney and appliance vent system at least once a year to ensure that all connections are secure.
Clean air vents
Keep vents and air returns clear of obstructions such as furniture, lint, dust or pet hair.
Visually inspect oil tanks
Visually inspect your oil tank for leaks. Fuel oil has a very pungent odor. If you smell it, contact your heating fuel provider immediately.
Upgrade your heating system
If you are relying on an outdated furnace or boiler, you can save as much as $1.80 for every gallon of Oilheat you buy when next winter rolls around. That's because a modern Oilheat system can cut fuel usage by as much as 45%.
Install a programmable thermometer
This modern control allows you to put your heating system on a schedule so that it warms the house when you and your family are up and about and lowers the temperature when you're asleep or the house is empty. The U.S. Department of Energy says that reducing a home's temperature by 10 - 15 degrees for eight hours a day can reduce fuel consumption by as much as 10% a year.
Be aware of Propane Odors
Propane has a specially added odorant to alert you that it is present. If you ever smell propane in your home, shut off your tank immediately and call your propane provider.
Annual Tune-up Tip
Getting your furnace tuned up can be cut your utility bills by as much as 10%. Also, a well maintained furnace will have a longer than average life-span. Schedule your Annual Tune-Up today.
Protect Against Drafts
Protect against drafts by caulking and weather-stripping around windows, doors and other openings such as duct work, fans and vents.
Install flow-restricting shower heads
Install flow-restricting shower heads. You can reduce hot water usage by up to 50 percent without affecting shower pressure.
Make the most of your laundry and dishwasher cycles
Run washing machines, clothes dryers and dishwashers with a full load.
Consider switching to a propane water heater
Consider switching to a propane water heater. Over time, propane water heaters can cost up to one-third less to operate and they recover hot water twice as quickly as electric water heaters.
Replacing a heating system or water heater?
Replacing a heating system or water heater? Buy the most efficient model available. Energy savings over the life of the equipment will easily justify the higher initial cost.
Increase your water-heater's efficiency
Increase your water-heater's efficiency by draining it every six months to remove mineral deposits and sediments.
Turn down your water heater
Turn down your water heater from the standard 120 degrees to 115 degrees. You can save more than 10% on your water-heating bill.