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Heating Costs: 5 Ways To Cut Back This Fall

Posted: September 21, 2020

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The temperatures are dropping and fall is here: finally! We’re all starting to think about getting our heating equipment started up for the season, and that means thinking about cost and efficiency as well. Take a look at these tips for how to start the season off right and manage your heating costs over the coming months.

Heating System Efficiency Tips

  1. Run your ceiling fans—in reverse. If you have ceiling fans anywhere in your house, take a look at the manual and reverse in which they spin. This will push the warm air back into the room, instead of letting it rise.
  2. Get your tune-up on the calendar. It may feel early, but as far as tune-ups go, it’s not. The most effective way to keep your heating equipment in the best shape possible is through preventive maintenance. You want everything to run efficiently and smoothly, and a tune-up guarantees that this will be the case. It’s worth noting that when your system is taken care of and running at its maximum efficiency, your bills will likely drop. Once your boiler or furnace has had its annual tune-up, you won’t need to worry about it again for quite some time. If you have a heating oil service plan, your tune-up is covered—and if you need a repair, you’ll get a discounted rate or possibly full coverage! If you have a propane service plan, you’ll receive discounted repairs and priority service.
  3. Put a programmable thermostat to use. When you have a programmable thermostat, you’ll be able to “set it and forget it,” which means your home’s temperature can be adjusted when you’re out or when everyone is asleep. With a programmable thermostat, you can save 10% on your heating and cooling bills.
  4. Block air leaks by sealing your doors and windows. By making a small investment in door seals, door sweeps and some caulk, you can cut back on air leaks and keep your home more comfortable during the cold-weather months. In addition to keeping everyone warmer, you’ll also save in the long run, as your system will be able to run more efficiently.
  5. Keep the area in and around your vents clear. When you wipe off your vents and remove debris from the area, your system will operate at its maximum efficiency. If you have rugs, toys, furniture or anything that can block the flow of air, move those items out of the way in order to maximize your heating system’s performance. This also includes getting rid of the dust in your heating ducts.

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