How To Make Your Home Heating More Efficient
Written on: January 8, 2024
Easy tips to lower your heating oil usage this winter.
You might find yourself wearing thick socks in the morning when you come downstairs for breakfast or ticking up your home heating thermostat once the sun sets. Winter is officially here in Queens, Nassau and western Suffolk Counties. Unfortunately, that doesn’t just bring holiday cheer. It can also usher in higher energy expenses.
Luckily, the team at OSI Comfort Specialists is here to help you make your New York home more energy-efficient this winter. Try these five simple tips and see your heating oil expenses drop.
1. Plug the air leaks.
For a heating system to warm your home efficiently, you need to keep heat inside. A good starting place is to prevent heat from escaping your house with weatherstripping and caulk. Check windows and doorframes for drafts and apply weatherproofing materials where you feel cold air.
Attics, crawl spaces and basements are notorious for letting heat escape. You can add insulation with a high R-value (the measurement for heat flow reduction) to these areas and generate huge savings. Even recently built homes can benefit from insulation upgrades.
2. Use high-quality Bioheat® fuel.
At OSI Comfort Specialists, we proudly deliver Bioheat fuel, a blend of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and organic biodiesel. Not only is this fuel more eco-friendly, but it also helps lower your HVAC maintenance costs. Bioheat fuel burns cleaner than traditional heating oil, leaving fewer deposits in your equipment, reducing wear and tear and extending your heating equipment’s lifespan.
Arranging heating oil delivery from OSI Comfort Specialists can save you money on system upkeep.
3. Take advantage of sunlight.
You have a free heating source outside your windows. When there’s a sunny winter day, open the blinds and shades. The sunlight will warm up your home, meaning that your boiler or furnace won’t need to cycle as often.
4. Get smart with your thermostat.
Did you know that the U.S. Department of Energy has found that turning your thermostat back 7 to 10 degrees from its standard setting for 8 hours daily can lower annual heating and cooling costs by 10 percent? With a programmable thermostat, you can preset these adjustments for when you’re asleep or away from home.
Even better, you can invest in a smart thermostat that makes additional energy-saving adjustments when it determines you are out of the house.
5. Arrange your annual home heating tune-up.
Perhaps the best investment you can make in efficient home heating is to arrange annual heating maintenance. For the relatively low cost of a tune-up, you can enjoy the following benefits:
- More efficient home heating and lower heating oil consumption
- More reliable heat all winter long.
- Lowered chance of a boiler or furnace breakdown (and a pricy repair visit).
- Extended service life for your home heating system.
- Continued coverage from your manufacturer’s warranty (which typically requires annual maintenance from a professional technician).
OSI Comfort Specialists offers affordable service plan coverage to protect your home heating equipment. These plans include complimentary tune-ups, priority service and discounts on repairs. It’s like health insurance for your boiler or furnace!
If you’re interested in enrolling in a service plan or scheduling your yearly heating system maintenance, reach out to our team today.