Following the advice in our heating tips can help hold down your winter energy expenses while still keeping your family warm. Whether you have a furnace, boiler, or heat pump, you can put these money savers into action and reap savings all season.

Safety First

Some heating tips can save more than money:
  • An annual chimney inspection and cleaning can prevent a chimney fire.
  • Whether for cozy decoration or real heating comfort, your fireplace should always have a sturdy screen to intercept sparks.
  • Dispose of fireplace ashes in a metal container
  • If you supplement with space heaters, keep flammable objects—paper, bedding, clothes, and furniture—a yard away.
  • Turn off space heaters when not in use and consider unplugging them overnight.
  • Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed throughout your New Jersey home but positioned at least ten feet away from indoor combustion equipment (wood stove, furnace, boiler).
  • An annual HVAC inspection and cleaning will keep equipment not only energy-efficient but safe as well.

Little Choices Add Up

Simple heating tips can lead to big energy savings:
  • Dress in layers, adding a sweater when you feel a chill.
  • Use ceiling fans to keep warmed air moving.
  • Seal and caulk all air leaks to keep the heated air inside.
  • Keep furniture and drapes from blocking registers and vents, so air circulates well.
  • When the fireplace is not in use, close the fireplace damper to prevent heat from escaping up the flue.
  • Turn down the thermostat several degrees at night and when your New Jersey home is empty.
  • Replace or clean furnace filters frequently.
  • Let the sun in my day gain free, infrared (heat) energy.
  • Ask your HVAC technician to reduce supply side airflow into unused or seldom-used rooms (do not attempt to close dampers and registers yourself, as you can upset the balance).

Big Changes

Consider investing in a high-efficiency furnace or boiler. Additional investments leading to energy savings:
  • Energy Star-certified programmable thermostats and zone heating.
  • Federal Energy Star-labeled furnaces and boilers can generate additional savings through New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program.

For more great heating tips, contact us at Pipe Works Services

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