Change Your Filters!
The first thing you can do to reduce your heating oil costs is to keep your air filters clean or change them regularly. Filters can become clogged with the dirt and dust they collect from the air as it passes though the filter. That is their job! But as this happens, the furnace must work harder and harder to perform its basic functions. With the increased strain on the motor, the furnace can end up burning more energy, which will ultimately show on your monthly energy bills.
Have your Air Ducts Cleaned
If you have a service contract, this may be included with your annual inspection (ask if you are not sure)! Regardless, over time, the air travelling through the ducts begins to accumulate and hold on to dirt and dust particles. As time passes, this forces the motor to spin harder just to keep up the standard number of rotations per minute. As a result, your furnace endures increased strain, and the unit burns more and more energy just to function properly. Altemos Energy, your local branch of HOP Energy has been helping customers in the Lehigh and Northampton County areas with duct cleaning, A/C tune-ups, heating and cooling system servicing and repairs for over 90 years. If you don’t currently have a service contract or are in need of some preventive maintenance work, give us a call—you’ll be in good hands with one of the Altemos Energy highly trained, licensed and insured technicians.
Seal Furnace Air Leaks
Air leaks are responsible for roughly 40 percent of warm air loss. If your furnace leaks air, your energy costs will rise as the motor strains harder just to do its job. Unless the problem is fixed, it can reduce the lifespan of your furnace and lead to a more costly set of repairs as parts begin to fail. This is another thing that is likely covered by an annual inspection of your furnace. As with all routine maintenance, the sooner you have these leaks sealed, the less energy will be used and your furnace will perform at a
Adjust the Thermostat
This is the most common sense thing a homeowner or renter can do to save on their energy bill. Turn the heat down, especially while you are at work or out of town. Even when you are at home, keeping it turned down and putting on a sweatshirt or having a fire in your fireplace (only when you are awake and monitoring it) will offset the cooler temperature.
Programmable thermostats can be adjusted to change the temperature at preset times. Warmer when you are home, or lower when you are not. And today, there are smart thermostats that can SENSE when you are home or away, and adjust automatically.
Reverse the Ceiling Fan during Winter
The majority of ceiling fans have a switch on the side of the motor, or in some cases a button on the remote that will reverse the direction the blades spin. This is for a reason. A clockwise rotation sends the air blowing down, and counterclockwise sends the air upward. During the spring and summer months, you want the air to blow down because the downward motion spreads coolness. By contrast, the counterclockwise, upward rotation can help the warm air circulate better throughout your house during winter months. This keeps the air flowing and disperses warm air that collects near the ceiling to the main part of the room.
The average furnace has a lifespan between 13 and 15 years. However, if you remain proactive on furnace maintenance and correct any issues the moment they arise, you can extend the life of your furnace to 20 years or more. And the same things that help you control your heating oil expenses, also help increase the lifespan of your unit!