As winter approaches, I am sure you are already thinking about your heating bill. Luckily, there are some tips and tricks for you to increase energy efficiency and decrease your utility bills. Follow along as we go over ways you can maximize your heating!

Use a Programmable Thermostat

Many different thermostat options are on the market and installed in homes to set your home’s temperature. If possible, it is recommended that you install a programmable thermostat. With a programmable thermostat, you can automatically control and program your home’s temperature throughout the day. You are able to set different temperatures in the morning, afternoon, and evening based on climate and your needs. This way, you can assess both the heating needs of your home and use this information when assessing your utility bill. 

Check for Air Leaks

Air coming in through windows or drafts can cause a significant loss of heat in your home and an increase in your utility bill; the cold draft comes in, and your heat goes out! If you notice drafts coming in through windows or doors, sealing gaps as soon as possible is important. 

Keep Vents and Radiators Clear

If you notice that you are not feeling the heat as well as you should be in your home, check to see if there is any furniture blocking any vent or radiator in your home. This could be a simple and quick fix if you notice a lack of heat in any room. 

Keep a Reasonable Temperature

Keeping your thermostat at a consistent, reasonable temperature can help increase your heating efficiency dramatically. According to the Department of Energy, set your thermostat at a maximum of 68°F to get the most from your heater without using too much energy. 

Regular Maintenance and Repairs

For ultimate efficiency and safety, you should always ensure that your heating system is maintained regularly and in good condition. If you notice signs of needed repairs, it is crucial to contact professionals immediately. 

If your home or business uses heating oil, be sure to reach out to Arlex Oil for more professional advice when it comes to home heating. We offer expert heating oil delivery and oil tank tune-up services for homes and businesses using heating oil. For more information, give us a call today!