Residential Heating Tips Category

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 [...]

How to Choose a Propane Supplier for Your New Home

Choose a propane supplier that offers convenient delivery options and is dedicated to safety.
  Moving into a new home involves a lot of coordination. Between finalizing the purchase of the home, boxing up all your possessions and finally moving in, it's important not to neglect setting up utilities. Figuring out how to set up utilities when buying a house involves plenty of moving parts in and of itself. If you've never used propane for [...]

What to Know About Your New Gas Fireplace

Gas fireplaces require annual inspections and tune-ups.
  Homeowners who upgrade their wood burning fireplaces to gas models will appreciate the much easier maintenance requirements. But even though gas fireplaces are relatively low-maintenance, there are still some cleaning and upkeep responsibilities to keep in mind. Gas Fireplace Annual Maintenance Once a year, anyone who uses their gas fireplace [...]

How to Know if Your Heating Oil is Low

Understanding your fuel oil levels is important, especially during the winter.
  When you drive your car, you likely glance down at the fuel gauge every so often to make sure you're not running on empty. If your tank is low, you probably seek out the nearest gas station. If you heat your home with fuel oil, it's similarly important to keep an eye on your oil tank gauge. When it's getting low, you won't find the nearest [...]
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