Heating Tips For Homeowners With Oil Burning Systems

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Heating oil can be an extremely efficient source of heat for your home. While heating oil is an extremely efficient and effective fuel for your heating system, it is still necessary to make sure that you are taking steps to maximize your system's performance.

Have Pipes And Ducting Insulated

A heating system will utilize either pipes or ducting in order to transfer the heat that it produces. Unfortunately, it can be possible for the pipes and ducting to allow much of the heat to be lost due to leaks or convective heat loss. One way to avoid these issues is to have the pipes and ducting insulated. This will close any gaps that may be contributing to the heat loss while reducing any heat transfer that may occur through the piping or ducting. By reducing this source of heat loss, you will be able to drastically reduce the rate your home uses its oil supplies, which can directly reduce your heating expenses.  

Keep The Burner And Pilot Light Cleaned

A burner and pilot light are necessary to ignite the oil when the system is running. However, these systems can become extremely dirty due to the residue that is left behind by a burner and pilot light. These components must be regularly cleaned if they are to remain operational. Homeowners will often go for months or longer without cleaning these components, and this can lead to considerable fuel disruptions and waste. Interestingly, this can have the effect of both reducing the efficiency of your heating system while also increasing the amount of heating oil that you use. Making it a point to clean these components at least once every few weeks will remove any residue that may have accumulated before it is able to impact the performance of the system.  

Check Your Heating Oil Before Any Major Storms

Winter storms can have a devastating effect on the roads and other key infrastructure. During these weather events, it is common for heating oil providers to suspend deliveries. Furthermore, the conditions may be bad enough to also prevent you from making this trip on your own. To avoid running out of heating oil during these instances, you should take a few moments to check the amount of heating oil in your storage tank so that you will know whether you need to order more or not. Luckily, most heating oil storage tanks will have a gauge on them that will make checking the amount of oil inside an easy task.

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