Home Heating Efficiency Tips and Recommendations

Posted: November 27, 2023

Cut your energy costs, not your comfort!

home heating Smithfield, ri Winter’s knocking on the door here in Rhode Island. Are you and your heating system ready?

According to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal, homeowners who use heating oil for home heating can see their heating costs rise by approximately 8%. This is because although heating oil prices are lower than last year, the coming winter is anticipated to be colder than the previous one.

Vaughn Oil is here to help you fight higher heating costs with some important tips that can help you keep costs down without giving up one bit of cozy comfort this winter.

Tune up your heating system

Your home’s furnace or boiler is a significant investment that deserves proper care and attention. To ensure its longevity and efficiency, it is crucial to schedule an annual heating maintenance tune-up. By doing so, not only will you extend its lifespan, but you will also guarantee optimal performance. At Vaughn Oil, our highly skilled service technicians are equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic tools. They will conduct a thorough assessment and testing of your heating system, perform necessary cleaning and lubrication, and promptly address any repairs if needed.

Our cost-effective service plans not only encompass a comprehensive tune-up, but also provide coverage for various repair-related parts and labor expenses. Rely on us to ensure optimal functioning and maintenance of your home heating system.

Upgrade your thermostat

During the annual heating system tune-up, a Vaughn Oil service technician performs various tasks, one of which includes checking the functionality and calibration of your thermostat. If your thermostat is not operating optimally, it is recommended to consider an upgrade. Have you ever thought about using a programmable or smart thermostat? Now is the perfect opportunity to invest in one. With a programmable thermostat, you can set lower temperatures when you are away, schedule the house to be warm upon your return, and even have the temperature lowered a few degrees overnight. This level of control and automation ensures optimal comfort and energy efficiency. Upgrading to a smart or programmable thermostat can be a smart investment, as it has the potential to reduce your home heating costs by 10%!

Use our pricing and payment options

With the holidays coming, keeping your household expenses under control is paramount. That’s where Vaughn Oil’s pricing and payment plans can help!

Our PreBuy with Price Cap allows you to purchase your heating oil ahead of heating season when pricing tends to be lower. Your price is also capped, meaning you’ll never pay more than that capped price. However, if heating oil prices fall below that capped price, you’ll get the lower price!

With our Monthly Smart Payment Plans, your heating oil costs are spread out over 11 easy monthly installments, rather than having to pay all of them during winter. You can also add Price Cap to your Monthly Smart Payment Plan for even more control over your home heating costs.

Change the air filter

For those with forced air heat, maintaining clean air filters is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to ensure optimal furnace efficiency. When air filters become dirty, they allow unclean air to circulate through the heating system, leading to the accumulation of dust and dirt on furnace components. This can result in damage, costly repairs, and a shortened lifespan for your furnace. Generally, it is recommended to replace your air filter every one to three months. However, if you have pets or individuals with allergies in your home, more frequent replacement, ideally on a monthly basis, may be necessary.

Give your heating system room

To maximize the efficiency of your home heating system, it is crucial to keep the area around forced air registers, baseboard heaters, or radiators unobstructed. When warm air gets trapped, it puts additional strain on your heating system, causing it to work harder and longer, leading to increased energy consumption and higher costs. Make sure to prevent draperies, furniture, or any other objects from blocking these heating sources. By doing so, you can optimize your heating system’s performance and save on energy expenses.

Get rid of drafts

To maintain heat in your home and maximize the efficiency of your home heating system affordably, it is crucial to address drafts. Take special care to inspect the base and edges of windows and doors, as these are common areas where drafts occur. Ignoring drafts can lead to a significant increase of up to 15% in your home heating costs. By dedicating a few hours on a weekend to applying caulk and weatherstripping, you can effectively retain heat and keep the cold air out, ensuring a cozy and energy-efficient environment.

Stay warm and comfortable this winter with dependable heating oil delivery and home heating system service from Vaughn Oil! Become a customer today.