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How To Avoid Paying Too Much For Your Heat

Control Your Heating Costs

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The holiday season is upon us, and even if we’re not doing as much entertaining and traveling as we do, there are still expenses.

One expense you may be dreading is the cost of heating your Seacoast region home.

We’re here to help with some tips that can help you keep your heating oil costs under control, whether you use propane or heating oil.

Have Your Heating System Serviced

An annual maintenance tune-up helps your furnace or boiler run at its peak efficiency, meaning it will use the least amount of energy possible to heat your home. It also gives our service technicians an opportunity to discover and fix problems that could lead to reduced efficiency, driving up your heating costs, or a breakdown, which adds repair costs on top of that.

Get Rid Of Drafts

Heat loss from drafts around windows and doors can be the equivalent of leaving a window open. Brrrr! But take an afternoon now and use simple things like caulk, weatherstripping, and expanding foam to seal up your home. This easy project can help lower your heating costs by up to 10%!

Replace Air Filters

If you use a furnace, check your air filter at least once a month and more frequently is you have pets or if someone in your home has a respiratory condition. Dirty air filters reduce your furnace’s efficiency, increasing your heating costs.

Program Your Thermostat Correctly

Today’s programmable and smart thermostats are outstanding tools for getting more control of your heating costs. Programming your thermostat properly can cut your heating costs by up to 10%!

Here’s what to do.

  • When you’re at home and awake, set the thermostat for 68°.
  • Lower temperatures by 10° for the hours you’re asleep or out of the house.

Clean And Clear Your Vents

Wipe down heating vents so dust and debris don’t get into your ductwork. Also, make sure there is a clear space around the vents so air can circulate freely. Don’t let them be blocked with furniture, curtains, or other things.

Check Out Our Pricing And Payment Options

P. Gagnon & Son offers a range of pricing and payment options to help you take control over your heating costs. Those programs include:

Contact us to learn more about saving money on your heating costs!