Energy and Money Saving Tips for Your Home Heating Oil System
Change your heating oil furnace filters monthly. Like any furnace, heating oil systems need maintenance. Where the furnace filters are concerned, dirt and dust typically act as an insulator and can block the natural functions of your heating oil furnace. Dirty filters also block the transference of heat from your system, forcing the system to consume more fuel and work harder to heat your home. Clean filters will help your heating system work more efficiently and save you money on your Oilheat in the long run.
Clean and maintain your furnace or boiler room as you would any other room in the house or building. Your heating oil furnace needs clean air for proper combustion. Cleanliness enables your heating system to run more efficiently, as dirt and dust in the air can be pulled in as the furnace operates.
Check your furnace flame. A proper Oilheat burn should produce a steady blue flame. To check, turn up your thermostat so that your heating system is fully engaged and watch your flame through the flame inspection port. If a blue flame is not apparent, a service call may be needed. A yellow-orange that flickers may indicate poor function or combustion. If you suspect that your heating oil furnace is not performing efficiently, you’ll want to contact a technician to ensure your heating oil equipment is running at peak performance.
Dial back your thermostat. You can cut annual Oilheat bills by as much as 10% per year by turning your thermostat back 10-15% for eight hours per day.
Inspect and change the Oilheat filter at the beginning of the heating season each year. The heating oil filter prevents water and dirt particles from clouding the fuel oil in the furnace. It is a good practice to inspect your heating oil filter every few months to see if it’s performing well and change to a fresh filter as needed.
Watch those fans. Use kitchen, bath, and other ventilating fans wisely; in just 60 minutes, these fans can pull out a houseful of warmed or cooled air. Turn fans off as soon as they have done the job.