Residential Heating Tips Category

What to Do If You Run out of Heating Fuel

In Southern Maryland, temperatures drop to 32 degrees Fahrenheit or colder on about 80 days out of the year. On those chilly days, you want to come home to a house that is warm and cozy. Your home's furnace has an essential job of providing heat to your home and keeping you and your family members safe and warm.While an ounce of prevention is [...]

What to Consider When Buying a New Home

Homeownership is the American dream, and buying a house is a rite of passage for many people. However, when you own your home, you are responsible for its upkeep, care and any repairs or maintenance — unlike when you rent a home and can report any problems to the landlord for them to fix. You are also more likely to stay in a home you own [...]

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 [...]

What Can I Do If One of My Rooms is Always Cold?

A gas fireplace could be the solution to your always cold room.
If there is a cold room in your house, the problem has likely been caused by dirty vents, cracked ductwork, worn insulation or faint drafts. Read on to learn how to fix a cold room in your home. Check for Simple Problems If one room in your house is colder than the rest, the first things to inspect are the heating vents, ductwork and thermostat [...]
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