Learn How To Use Your Heating Oil More Efficiently

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During the coldest months of the year, due to demand and other factors, the price for heating oil often increases. Since this is also the time of the year when you rely on the use of heating oil the greatest, finding ways to cut your cost is important. There are a number of things you can do to use your heating oil more efficiently and save money.

Furnace Tune Up

In terms of efficiency, few things can cause you to waste heating oil more than a malfunction with your furnace. When there is an internal issue with the furnace, this often causes it to work harder or stay on for longer periods of time than necessary.

When either of these things happens, your furnace has to burn more oil to heat your home. Prior to the start of the winter season, have a technician come out to your home and perform a full inspection to ensure there aren't any underlying mechanical issues.

Frequent Filter Changes

Many homeowners make an effort to change their filters regularly when using their air conditioner, but somehow overlook this process when operating their heating system. However, when your filter is dirty, this causes your furnace to work harder to warm your home.

The harder the furnace works, the more oil you burn. It's recommended that you replace your filter at least once every month. If your filter is still clean at the end of this period, you might be able to extend the time between your replacements. However, you don't want to exceed three months.

Seal Leaks

Leaks around windows and doors serve as prime spots for heat loss. When your furnace is producing heat and it's escaping through these spaces, it will cause your furnace to power on more frequently in order to keep your home warm. This process will in turn cause you to burn more heating oil.

Inspect the areas around your exterior doors and windows to feel for air from the outside. Apply weather-stripping around the doors to prevent air loss. Use a low- or no-VOC caulking around your windows because it produces fewer harmful gases than traditional caulking.

The more you work to conserve the use of your heating oil, the more money you can save on your costs. Keeping your home warm and saving money begins with you. Make certain you are actively practicing methods that can help you keep your cost lower.

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