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Home Heating Energy Efficiency Tips

Five simple ways to lower your heating oil or propane use this winter.

home heating Hanover, MA As the old saying goes, don’t sweat the small stuff.

That’s true sometimes, but when it comes to your home heating, a lot of seemingly small things can add up to considerable energy savings. At Frank Lamparelli, we’re committed to helping families in Hanover and throughout Massachusetts’ South Shore region to lower their fuel spending without sacrificing comfort in the winter.
Try these five simple tips to improve your home heating system’s efficiency and reduce the amount of heating oil or propane you need this season.

1. Program your thermostat.

A programmable thermostat doesn’t cost a lot of money, but being smart with how you use it can save you up to 10% on your heating and cooling expenses. The Department of Energy (DOE) says the best way to save money with your thermostat is to turn the temperature back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day. You can program these changes overnight and during working hours.

Want to be even smarter? Get a smart thermostat that makes money-saving adjustments when it detects you’re out of the house.

2. Enjoy free heat from the sun.

When the sun’s shining bright, open up your drapes and blinds and let the light in. It will warm up your rooms in the afternoon and reduce how often your heating equipment needs to run. It’s also a good idea to trim any branches that might be blocking the sunlight.

3. Plug air leaks in your home.

Air leaks in your doorframes, wall seams and windows all but guarantee that a portion of your fuel dollar is going to waste. To prevent warm air from escaping your home (and cold air from getting in), check for drafts around the exterior walls, doors and windows. Then, seal them up leaks with weatherstripping, door sweeps and caulk.

4. Stay on top of your air filters.

Forced-air heating systems (which typically have furnaces) have air filters that catch dust, debris, pollen, mold and other pollutants. A dirty or clogged filter will obstruct airflow in your ducts and force your furnace to cycle more often.

That’s why we recommend you check your air filters once a month during the winter. These filters can generally be found on the side of the furnace or in the return register/vent. If your filter is dirty, either clean it (if it’s reusable) or go to a home store and purchase an affordable replacement.

5. Schedule a home heating tune-up with Frank Lamparelli.

According to the DOE, following a proper maintenance schedule for your HVAC system can lower your heating and cooling costs by 10% and extend your equipment’s lifespan. In short, an annual tune-up is a relatively small expense that pays dividends!

The experienced professionals at Frank Lamparelli will keep your heating equipment running efficiently with our expert system maintenance. And for even more peace of mind, consider enrolling in a Premium Heat Protection Plan.

To arrange heating service this winter, contact the Frank Lamparelli team today.