Heating your home can get expensive, especially with the cost of heating oil going up. One cold snap can destroy your household heating budget. You don't have to spend more money on heating oil just to stay warm. Here are some simple techniques that can help you stay warm and use less heating oil.
Clean Your Vents
Put your hand up to your vent while the heater is running. You should be able to feel the air on your hands. If you can't, take a small piece of paper and hold it up to the vent. If the paper doesn't move, you should clean the vents.
Dirt, dust and other debris can collect inside the vents, which can prevent the air from flowing through to your home. Dirty vents also make your heater work harder, which makes you burn heating oil faster. Here's a simple way to clean your vents.
Using a screwdriver, remove the vent covers.
Place the hose attachment on your vacuum.
Vacuum the vent, reaching as far as you can into the vents.
Replace the vent cover.
If you don't have a programmable thermostat, you may be wasting heating oil on a daily basis. A programmable thermostat will allow you to automatically adjust the temperature throughout the day. Programming your thermostat to reduce the temperature at night and while you're away from home, will prevent you from heating your home when it's not needed.
Lower the Temperature a Few Degrees
You may think that you have to make a substantial reduction in the temperature to save oil and money. However, reducing the temperature just a few degrees will save you money and reduce the amount of heating oil you use.
When you're trying to reduce your heating bill, every degree counts. Research has found that you can save about 2.5% on your heating bill for every degree you reduce the temperature. So, lowering your thermostat just three degrees will reduce your heating bill by 7.5%.
Use a Humidifier
If the idea of lowering the temperature during the winter has you worried about the chill, try installing a humidifier. You can also add moisture to your home by running hot water in your shower for a few minutes, or by boiling a pan of water and allowing the steam to flow through the house. Adding moisture to the air will help keep your home warmer, even when you lower the thermostat a few degrees.
With the cost of heating oil going up, you'll want to find ways to save money while still keeping your house warm. These simple tips will help you do both.