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Heating Your Home: Five Efficiency Tips

Stay warm while saving on energy costs!

home heating tips maineWe’re starting to feel a nip in the air here in the Seacoast region.

You may have had to turn on your home’s furnace or boiler on a few nights to keep your home warm. And the time is drawing near when your heating system will be running almost non-stop until next spring!

Are you worried about your heating oil or propane costs for keeping your home warm? We’re here to help with five ways you can help lower your energy costs without having to sacrifice a bit of comfort:

Get a tune-up of your heating system

An annual maintenance tune-up by the knowledgeable, skilled service technicians at PitStop Fuels will help your furnace or boiler run at its peak efficiency. That means you will spend the very least possible amount of money on heating costs, while also eliminating worries of a no-heat emergency in the middle of the winter.

Be smart with your thermostat

Using your programmable thermostat correctly can help cut your heating and cooling costs by 10%. Here’s what you do for heating.

Don’t have a programmable thermostat? They’re easy to find at most home improvement stores and reasonably priced, making them a great investment. Many even allow you to adjust your heat settings remotely via mobile app! Precision control whenever, wherever you need it.

Use solar heating

Put the sun to work for you! Open blinds or curtains during the day to let the sunlight provide supplemental heating in your home. Close them at night to keep retain that heat and give your furnace or boiler a bit of a break.

Add insulation

How well insulated is your home? If you don’t know, check out this map from the U.S. Department of Energy. It shows just how much insulation homes in our area should have. Getting your insulation up to the recommended levels will cut your heating and cooling costs by about 10%.

Stop drafts

Don’t let the heating you pay for just go out the door! Or window, for that matter. Heat loss caused by drafts can jack up your heating costs by 20%. Some caulk, expanding foam, and weatherstripping can help eliminate many of those drafts and make sure every ounce of heat you paid for stays inside where it should be.

PitStop not only provides safe and professional installation and service of propane appliances, we can also deliver the propane to run them! Get in touch with us to find out about our propane delivery services and how we can be of service this winter season ahead.