5 Efficiency Tips for Heating your Home in the Fall

Save energy and money with these ideas from Poore’s!

efficient home pennsylvaniaThe time has come. You have to take a moment to see if you need a jacket. Halloween candy now has to share space in the stores with Christmas decorations and supplies. Your default snack is an apple cider donut.

Yep, fall is certainly on our doorstep here in both Delaware and Maryland!

And that means in the weeks ahead, you will likely have to turn on the heat in your home for the first time this season. If that has you fearing your coming energy bills, the professionals at Poore’s Propane are here to help with five easy tips that can help you save energy, and money.

Tune up your heating system

Poore’s has the best experienced and trained team of service technicians in the Delmarva area. We can perform an annual tune-up on your home’s heating system. Keeping your system running smoothly and at peak efficiency uses less energy and saves you money on heating bills. And, because a tune-up lets our pros discover small problems before they become bigger problems with bigger repair bills, you save money that way as well. Want to make sure your heating system stays in good running order? Sign up for one of our service plans!

Seal up your home

The spots in your home where there are drafts —the bases and edges of doors and windows — may look small, but they can cost you big bucks. Drafts can add up to 15 percent to your heating bill. But drafts are easy and inexpensive to fix with fresh weather stripping and caulk.

Upgrade your thermostat

When Poore’s Propane service technicians do an annual tune-up on your heating system, they also check your thermostat to see if it’s working right and is calibrated accurately. If it isn’t performing up to snuff, this is the right time to upgrade to a new programmable thermostat! You can custom-set your thermostat to lower the temperature when you’re gone during the day, or after you’ve gone to bed – and also have the house warm when you get home or wake up, so you’re not using as much fuel. Not only that, some of today’s programmable thermostats can be monitored and run from your smartphone, too!

Change the air filter

This is a task that takes a mere few minutes but has long-term positive effects on your heating bills and your heating system. When an air filter gets dirty, dirty air gets into the heating system. It settles on parts, which can cause damage that makes your heating system run less efficiently. Worse, that damage can lead to expensive repairs and even shorten the lifespan of the heating system. With a forced-air system, you should change your air filter every one to three months, the more frequent changes being if you have pets or people in your home have allergies.

Free up some space

For maximum efficiency, the heated air from your home heating system needs to be able to freely circulate into a room. Your heating system will have to harder, and longer, to warm up your room if that heated air is prevented from circulating. Don’t block baseboard heaters, registers or radiators with draperies or furniture.

From Wilmington to Selbyville and everywhere in between, Poore’s Propane is the propane provider the Delmarva region can trust for safe and dependable propane delivery. Contact us today to become a Poore’s customer!