5 Efficiency Tips For Heating Your Home In The Fall

Save on your energy costs this season!

home energy tips pennsylvaniaIt seems like it was only yesterday that we were enjoying a gloriously warm summer here in greater Pittsburgh. But once fall arrived, so did crisp fall weather. That means the time to turn on your furnace or boiler to keep your home warm is getting closer.

If that has you worried about increasing energy costs, there are things you can do to help keep them under control. Here are five ways to maximize energy efficiency in your home:

Schedule a heating system tune-up right away

Regular maintenance helps your furnace or boiler run at its best possible efficiency. That means you’ll use less energy to keep your home warm. A tune-up also gives your service technician the opportunity to discover and repair problems before they lead to reduced efficiency.

Change the air filter

This is about an easy a tip as we can give, but one that routinely is overlooked! If your air filter is dirty, dirty air is getting into your heating system. That dust and dirt settle on parts in the heating system, which can make your furnace or boiler run less efficiently. Don’t go longer than three months without changing the air filter. You’ll need to do it more frequently if you have pets, or if someone in your home has allergies, asthma, or a respiratory condition like COPD.

Turn down the water heater

Most water heaters are installed set to the manufacturer’s setting of 140˚ Fahrenheit. That is too high in most situations. You can cut your energy costs for water heating by up to 10% by turning down the thermostat to 120˚. Your water will still be hot enough for bathing, laundry, and dishwashing. And you also reduce the risk of scalding injuries.

Stop heat loss

Many homes have enough drafts around windows and doors, and through walls and ceilings, to equal a window being open. That’s a lot of energy and money being wasted. But by using caulk, weatherstripping, and expanding foam to seal up those drafts, you can lower your heating costs up to 20%!

Make room for heat

Heated air needs space so it can circulate around a room. Obstructions like furniture or curtains force your heating system to work harder to heat your room, sending your energy costs up. Go around your room and make sure registers and baseboard radiators have a clear space around them.

Keeping you warm and comfortable

If propane gas is your go-to home heating source, ProGas provides a reliable delivery service and offers delivery options that work with both your schedule and your wallet.

Our Keep Full automatic delivery service offers ease and peace of mind: We track and estimate your home’s propane usage, and schedule propane delivery before you run out. If you want more control over when your propane is delivered, our Will Call delivery service lets you monitor your home’s propane usage and schedule a delivery yourself.

Become a ProGas customer today and experience the difference we’ll make for you!