Are you ready for the cold weather?
This past weekend we saw and felt the first glimpse of winter or at least the cold weather that is associated with it. A lot of people may have turned on their heat for the first time, if they hadn't already. That begs the question, were or are you ready for the cold weather?
When it comes to oil heated homes there are a few things to think about when you get ready for the heating season. First think back to last year, were you happy with the amount you ended up paying during the heating season. If you weren't happy there are a few things that you could do now to prepare. Think back to when your heating system was last serviced or tuned-up. If it's been more than a year, this could be negatively effecting your heating system's performance. If your system was serviced but you weren't happy, maybe it's time to look into a new heating system. A new heating may not save you money a first but over time you will burn less fuel, saving you money. You should also make sure that any registers, vents, or radiators are clean and clear of debris. If the heat can't get to it's destination then your heating system will continue to pump out heat while the thermostat continues to say that the room is cold.
Now if you were happy with your heating bills last year you could possibly save yourself some money by following the tips above. For those who have followed all the tips above and are happy with their heating situation, I say congrats!
Another little tip that can help to trap in heat produced by the sun is to keep your shades open during the day. This will naturally create heat in your home, to trap this heat in close and draw the shades when you come home. You should also check your windows and doors for drafts as these can allow cold air to creep in.
I hope that you all have a comfortable and warm winter, more tips to come!