It’s definitely possible to reduce the amount of fuel your oil furnace burns over the long heating season without sacrificing comfort and efficiency. A home that resists heat transfer and contains well-maintained equipment can reduce the length of your system’s operation time.
Cut the Heating Load
Fresh weatherstripping around exterior door frames can help limit air infiltration and cold drafts. If your door isn’t sealed tightly at the bottom, either use a door sweep to block the airflow or use an inexpensive draft blocker. Locking all movable windows can also prevent cold air from seeping into your home.
Increasing attic insulation to 16 to 20 inches can help slow heat transfer through the ceiling into your attic, while also preventing dangerous and damaging ice dams from forming on your roof.
Keep the Filters Clean
Check your oil furnace’s air filter monthly during the winter. A clogged air filter can slow the flow of air through the blower compartment and make your system run longer to heat your home. Dirty filters can also cause premature part failure, as well.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
Even if you’re home routinely, a programmable thermostat can help lower energy usage by automatically turning the temperature down when you sleep. Anytime you lower the temperature, you’re reducing the amount of energy your system uses. If you’re away from home a full week, you’ll realize even more energy savings. You can program these devices to start warming your home shortly before you rise or return home, ensuring optimal home comfort.
Because furnaces in this climate work hard for months on end, it’s important to have it professionally inspected, cleaned and adjusted annually, as well as to have your ductwork checked for air leaks.
For professional help maintaining your oil furnace this winter, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve been providing outstanding HVAC services for homeowners in Grand Traverse County and the nearby areas for more than three decades.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about oil furnaces and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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