Do This, Not That : Rules Of Lowering Your Heating Oil Expenses This Winter

While heating your home keeps it cozy and inviting, there is no chance you will be welcoming the new expense that comes along with the whole process this winter. Even with heating oil (provided by companies like Olympic Energy LLC) being an efficient source of fuel to power your boiler or home heating system, it is still an expense that you are not used to paying. Take a look at some basic do's and don'ts to help you keep your heating costs as low as possible during the next heating season. 

Do This: Get your boiler, furnace, or heat system tuned up before winter. 

Not That: Assume the heat system is fine as long as it's running. 

An ill-maintained heat system, such as a boiler or furnace, can drive up your heating costs dramatically, even if the system seems to be working just fine. So before you get too far into the heating season, it is a good idea to check over all of the components yourself or have an HVAC technician come out and do a wellness checkup. Any small thing you catch and repair can mean savings on your heating oil costs over the winter. 

Do This: Drop the thermostat a few degrees when you go to bed or leave the house. 

Not That: Turn the heat off when you go to bed or leave the house. 

You can see the amount of heating oil you use drop a little with every degree you turn down the thermostat, so it is logical to turn down the heat when no one is really up and about in the house. However, don't turn the heat completely off. Not only could this mean problems with water lines and other home components, it means the system will have to work harder for longer to get the house back up to temperature when you do get up or get back home. 

Do This: Keep furniture positioned away from vents and radiators in the house. 

Not That: Let your want for a perfectly positioned room block your system's ability to keep the house warm. 

Sure, everybody wants a home with furniture that is arranged in a functional, designer way. However, if your current furniture arrangements leave your radiators or heat distribution vents blocked, it will deter the path of travel of the heat that is being provided, which can make your home harder to heat. Instead, keep the areas around vents and radiators open as much as possible