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Do-It-Yourself Furnace Maintenance

Your furnace needs the proper maintenance to keep it running efficiently and to help ensure it lasts as long as it is designed to. However, hiring a professional to clean, oil and maintain this appliance can get costly. My name is Jeff and like many of you, I live on a very tight budget. I spent a lot of time researching various type of maintenance that I could do on my furnace myself to get it the maintenance it needed at a price that I could live with. I created this website to share my knowledge and experiences with others who wish to save some money on their furnace maintenance needs. I hope this proves helpful to you.

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Winter Is Coming: 4 Tips To Keep Your Home Warm And Your Heating Bill Under Control

Winter is just around the corner, so it's time to start thinking about ways to make your furnace run more efficiently. With heating oil prices on the rise, you want to do everything you can to conserve energy. Luckily, conserving energy doesn't mean you have to keep your home cold. By implementing the following four suggestions, you can keep your home warm this winter, and reduce your oil consumption.

Tune Up Your Heating System

If it's been a while since you had your heating system looked at, now's the time to get that done. When your heater isn't at peak efficiency, it's going to work harder to keep your home warm. Unfortunately, when your heater has to work harder, it has to use more oil to do its job. You can prevent heating oil waste by having your heater serviced at least once a year.

Go Natural

If you're not utilizing natural heat during the day, your home isn't as efficient as it could be. During the day, when the sun is at its peak, open your curtains, especially the ones that are facing the east and west. Opening your curtains will allow the sun to heat your home for you. Once the sun begins to set, and the temperatures start to cool, close your curtains to keep the heat in.

Insulate Your Pipes

If your heating pipes aren't insulated, you could be losing valuable energy. As the temperatures dip, they'll cool down your heating pipes. When that happens, your heater will continue to cycle on in an attempt to keep the oil heated. To conserve energy, reduce oil waste, and keep your home warm, you should insulate all of your heating pipes. As an added benefit, the insulation will also protect your pipes from freezing during frigid weather.

Keep the Area Clear

If you use radiators to heat your home, you need to keep the area clear. Furniture in and around the radiator can interfere with airflow. As a result, your radiator will have to work overtime to keep your home warm. For best results, make sure your radiator has a clear path all the way around it.

Winter is almost here. Time to think about your heating oil and energy efficiency. The tips here will help you keep your home warm and your heating bill under control this winter. For other helpful tips, be sure to speak to your heating oil supplier.