Residential Heating Tips Category

Replacing The Batteries In Your Thermostat

Thermostats are vital to HVAC systems. Where old thermostats used Mercury and dials to control the temperature, modern thermostats are digital and allow homeowners to control the temperatures in their homes by simply pressing a button. It also signals to the system when to switch from heating and cooling based on the owner's preferences. Most thermostats [...]

9 Heating Oil Tank Tips To Get You Through Winter Safely

As winter approaches, now is the perfect time to make sure your home heating oil storage system is working properly. Here are some tips to ensure it will get you through the cold season: 1. Check for leaks As part of routine maintenance, you should inspect for leaks in the tank, as well as any pipes, vents lines and fittings emanating from the [...]

Why You Shouldn’t Skip Your Annual Water Heater Maintenance

A good water heater is something that people often take for granted. Even if your water heater is working fine, you should still schedule maintenance every year. Like any home equipment, annual maintenance is a great way to catch any potential problems early on and make sure the unit is running at peak efficiency. In addition to preventing any headaches [...]

What to Do If You Hear Strange Noises Coming From Your Heating System

In an ideal world, the appliances that make our homes comfortable places to live would operate smoothly and soundlessly. If you are concerned that your furnace is loud or that your gas heater is making noise, it is a good idea to determine the source of the noise and whether it is a "normal" sound or a sign that something is going wrong with [...]

Preventing Ice Dams and Frozen Water Pipes

Seasonal maintenance is always important, but even more so as we head into February, when temperatures really begin dropping off. Luckily, through taking certain precautions, homeowners can guard against the worst of winter's ravages. Taking the right steps now can help you prevent two of the most common — as well as serious and expensive — risks to [...]

10 Winter Energy Saving Tips

As it continues to get colder, it's important to ensure that you're not wasting heat. Here are 10 tips to help you keep your home heated and keep your energy bills low: Use the sun to your advantage Even in the winter, the sun can warm your home. To maximize this effect, open the curtains to all of your south-facing windows during the day and then close [...]

17 Ideas for Lowering Your Heating Costs in the Winter

On a cold winter's day, you love the idea of staying indoors, comfortable and cozy thanks to your home's heater. Then you get the heating bill or find that you need to schedule a heating oil delivery sooner than you expected. Home heating is typically one of the most significant utility expenses you face as a homeowner. Heat often makes up more than [...]

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Shopping For A Furnace

In a recent article, we discussed seven signs that your furnace may need to be replaced. Once you have made that decision, it’s time to start shopping for a new furnace. To make the buying process go successfully, make sure to avoid the following five pitfalls: 1 - Waiting too long. Don’t make the mistake of waiting too long to replace your furnace. [...]

7 Signs You May Need to Replace Your Oil Furnace

Although it is some of the most important equipment in your home, your heating system is often overlooked or forgotten about - out of sight, out of mind. It isn't until it stops working that most people pay attention to it, which is the most costly and inconvenient time to replace it. So how do you know if it's time to replace your oil-burning furnace? Here [...]

How a Mini-Split Can Make Your Home Addition More Comfortable

More families are living with multiple generations under one roof.
  Multigenerational households are becoming more popular in the U.S. As of 2014, nearly 1 in 5 households had more than one generation living under one roof, the highest percentage since the 1950s, according to Pew Research Center. The multigenerational household looks different for each family. Sometimes a grandparent lives with an adult [...]
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