Tips for Making Your Oil Furnace Burn Less Oil This Winter
An oil furnace can provide many years of reliable energy-efficient operation even if you do little more than change your air filter every few months. However, there are some ways you can make your system burn even less oil and still provide the same level of comfort to your family on cold winter days.
Look over the following tips and make a checklist of tasks to complete to reduce your energy consumption. You can tackle some of these jobs yourself, but a licensed HVAC contractor should do the others to ensure that the work is done safely and effectively.
- Get regular HVAC maintenance. You can probably change your filter yourself, but other oil furnace maintenance tasks are better left to a professional HVAC technician. Your HVAC contractor can set up a regular maintenance schedule for your entire HVAC system, including your furnace, air conditioner and ductwork. Your technician will lubricate motors and other moving parts, clean coils, clean burners, fix leaky ductwork and ensure that your system provides balanced airflow for efficient operation.
- Reduce your home’s heating load. Seal air leaks and beef up insulation so your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your indoor temperature comfortable. Caulk any cracks around door and window frames, seal holes in walls where plumbing or electrical wiring go into your home and replace worn weatherstripping to stop conditioned air from escaping your home. Check your attic insulation to be sure it’s adequate for our Fort Collins winters. Be sure any ducts that run through your attic or other unheated spaces are insulated.
- Manage your thermostat with energy savings in mind. Replace your old thermostat with a programmable model before programming your thermostat, so that your furnace runs less during the day when nobody is home or at night after everyone is asleep. If you plan a major home renovation project, consider installing zoned heating, so you can control the temperature in separate areas of your home to match your family’s activity levels.
Call Balance Point Heating & Air Conditioning in the Fort Collins area for help keeping your oil furnace running efficiently.