Oil heating systems have always been renowned for their durability when compared to natural gas, propane, electric and other heating systems. However, as any equipment they require frequent and scheduled maintenance to achieve a long lasting and reliable operation with high efficiency levels. Well-maintained furnace and other devices in your system will also help you save fuel. Here are some tips to improve your heating economy, especially if your oil burner is not quite new.

  1. Replace filters

Filters are very important parts of your furnace. This doesn’t mean that you’ve got a low quality filthy oil, as you need to know that all diesel fuels such as heating oil contain many small solid particles which could clog the burner nozzle and damage other parts of the system in long run. When a filter serves 30 days of operation you should remove it and hold it up to a source of light. If the filter doesn’t let any light through it it’s clogged and needs to be replaced. If there’s still light shining through you should put it back and check again a week later. Filters are probably the cheapest part of the entire system and compromises should never be made. Even the smallest damage due to a clogged filter is many times more expensive than simply replacing it.

  1. Fix drafty windows and doors

When you’re inside a heated home you will hardly notice any possible leaks of heat, as your furnace is set to maintain the same level of temperature no matter the house condition. If window drafts are minor you can block them with a flexible seal. Weatherstripping and door sweeps can serve the purpose.

  1. Stay active and spend more time outdoors

Active lifestyle with lots of time spent on open air during winter will make you feel warmer most of the time. When you get back home-heating-options-Long_Islandhome you will need to lower the temperature setting. Get a programmable thermostat to have heating turned off when you’re out and turned on an hour before your return. Maintaining lower temperatures will clearly lower heating oil consumption.

  1. Check your burner nozzle

Burner nozzle is a very important part of your heating system. It sprays the oil into the combustion chamber. If it gets clogged with particles from fuel it can spray the oil less efficiently and some of it will remain unburned. Another good measure is to have annual system tune-ups, when a professional can check and fix all issues your system may have even if you’re not aware of them.

  1. Unblock your heating registers

Proper heat circulation in your home might be prevented if you have furniture or carpets blocking some of your registers, vents or radiators.

  1. Don’t heat rooms you don’t use

If you spend most of the time in only certain parts of your home, you should not heat other rooms. Close all of non-heated rooms. Good insulation may also help here as it won’t allow temperatures to fall to very low levels anywhere in the house.