Written on: June 28, 2021

Energy Savings Beyond Just Your HVAC System

Everyone wants to save energy and money. While your HVAC system represents a major part of your home’s energy output, there are also other components that require your attention. Here’s what we mean. Think of your entire house as a system, with three main parts.

  1. The building envelope – roof, walls, windows, doors and foundation
  2. The mechanical systems – furnace, boiler, water heater, central air unit, etc.
  3. The occupants themselves – their energy decisions and overall energy usage.

Each component contributes to your home’s energy efficiency and you can make a positive impact on energy usage (and your energy bills) in a number of ways.

For example, in terms of the building envelope, you could choose to insulate your attic or other parts of your home. Many homes are colder than necessary in the winter due to poor insulation levels. In the average home, about one-third of heat loss occurs through the ceilings, which should have a minimum of six inches of quality thermal insulation to keep heat inside the home, where it belongs. Otherwise, some of your heat will rise through the ceilings into the attic and then seep outside. That’s a big waste of heating energy!

During the summer months, you could do little things like installing curtains or drapes to block the heat of the warm sun coming through your windows. Or raise your thermostat setting by a few degrees. These changes could save you more than you might think!

Use a Smart Programable Thermostat

In terms of your own energy decisions, investing in a smart programmable thermostat is a wise move. When used correctly, it will pay for itself in just a short time. If you choose a Wi-Fi thermostat, you can control your home’s temperature from your smartphone.

In the spring and summer, the U.S. Energy Department recommends setting your central air conditioning system to 78°F when you’re at home. Program your A/C system to shut off 20-30 minutes before you leave home each day; return the temperature setting to normal comfort levels 20 to 30 minutes before you come home.

In the winter, the optimal setting is 68°F when you’re at home. Dial it down toward the 60°F range when you’re asleep or out of the house. The temperatures you ultimately choose will depend on factors like the outdoor temperature and your family’s comfort preferences. Remember, these are just guidelines.

Replacing Your Heating Oil System

You can trust the professionals at Westmore Fuel with your heating oil equipment because our certified heating technicians take pride in finding the solution to any equipment problem—and in keeping your heating equipment running efficiently and safely.

If we determine that your furnace or boiler is beyond repair, our technicians are well-qualified to work with you to choose the best replacement system you can get, and then install it properly.
New, high-efficiency heating oil systems have enhanced technology and control capabilities to provide optimal comfort while decreasing your energy bills. Another popular feature of modern, high-efficiency heating systems is that they operate significantly quieter than old heaters.

Today’s boilers and furnaces offer homeowners a great opportunity to increase their comfort while decreasing their energy usage. New systems now heat your home using significantly less energy compared to older generation systems. Energy-efficient equipment can be installed with controls to use only as much fuel as needed to heat your home or a specific part of your home.

If you’re interested in replacing your system, we can help you make it work with financing through the National Energy Improvement Fund (NEIF). Read more.

Contact Westmore Fuel Co. to get started.