While the official first day of winter isn’t until late December, the “heating season” starts much sooner around here—in November or even late October. The earlier the heat goes on, the more customers start to wonder how much heating oil they will need for the season. While the Farmer’s Almanac is calling for a much colder winter in the northeast, the NOAA—the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration—is predicting a warmer, wetter season. Of course, there’s no crystal ball for winter weather, and every home is different.
High efficiency heating equipment in a well-sealed and well-insulated home will use less fuel than an aging boiler or furnace in a drafty house, no matter how cold it gets. As a general rule of thumb, a heating system that’s running properly should use between 0.8 and 1.7 gallons of oil per hour during cold weather. Improving efficiency is a proven way to keep your fuel use on the low side of that range.
Some people hear “save energy” and think it means turning down the thermostat and layering on the sweaters instead of feeling comfortable in their home. While that’s one way to do it, a smarter way to stay warm all season while keeping heating costs under control is with energy efficiency. That means making it easier for your furnace or boiler to do its job. The harder it has to work to warm your home, the more fuel it will burn. (That’s why good insulation improves efficiency.)
There are a few easy, no-cost things you can do to improve efficiency:
There are also several low-cost ways to make your home more efficient:
If it’s time to replace your heating equipment, investing in a high-efficiency heating system is an investment that can drastically cut energy costs, while improving your comfort for years—and improving the value of your home. The pros at Pitstop can help you choose the best equipment for your needs and your budget.
We also offer plenty of options to help you manage costs no matter what happens with prices or how cold it gets.
Both the pre buy and fixed place programs are closed for the current season, but ask us to alert you when you can sign up next year.
No matter how much heating oil you may need, you want a company that puts customers first. That inherently means offering fair, transparent pricing, but it also means offering true reliability, with products and services designed to make your life easier. Find out why so many homeowners and businesses across southern Maine choose Pitstop. Contact us for more information or to schedule a delivery today.